Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, April 27, 2015

Your Hand
$800
1st
$1,400
2nd
$2,000
3rd
$4,000
4th
$1,200
5th
$4,000
6th
$1,400
Cut-off
$2,300
Button
$1,240
Small blind
$1,000
Flop
Pot
$600
$600
Blinds
$75/$150

Question

Middle stages of an online multi-table sit-and-go, Players 2, 4, 6 and the button limp. The small blind completes. You check your option and go six-handed to a 2 3 4 flop. The small blind checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet all-in

You have a weak overpair and an open-ender. Chances are you're going to pick this pot up by going all-in. The times you’re called, you’re likely behind to a larger overpair. Luckily, for those times, you still have 10 outs to improve. So shove all-in now. Either outcome (getting called or picking up the pot uncontested) is good for you.

  • Bet $200 (24)
  • Check (13)
  • Bet all-in (64)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Saturday, April 25, 2015

Your Hand
$3,400
Button
$2,200
Small blind
$1,300
Big blind
$800
$0
1st
$1,500
2nd
$4,400
3rd
$3,700
Flop
Pot
$600
$600
Blinds
$100/$200

Question

Later stages of an online multi-table sit-and-go. Blinds are $100/$200. It's seven-handed and it’s folded to you in the cut-off. You raise to $600 and only the big blind calls. Flop comes T 5 8. The big blind donk-bets all-in for $800.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Many players do this with a very wide range. Your opponent could have anything from a pair of eights to a flush draw to ace-high. Your opponent's range is just too wide for you to fold.

  • Call (90)
  • Fold (10)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Your Hand
$435
1st
$500
2nd
$600
3rd
$700
4th
$200
5th
$2,000
6th
$342
Cut-off
$500
Button
$450
Small blind
$750
Flop
Pot
$250
$250
Blinds
$2/$5

Question

$2/$5 game at your local casino. It's folded to the button who raises to $15. Your read on him is he's a competent player; probably one of the better ones in this game. If anything he c-bets too often and is sometimes too aggressive. Small blind folds. You raise to $50. He tanks and makes it $125 to go. You flat-call and see a flop heads-up of J 5 9.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check-raise

You likely have the best hand here. Checking allows him to continue with his range that he would fold to your donk bet. If it were to get checked through, it wouldn't be the end of the world, since you have the K. Check; hope your opponent bets, and then shove on him. This is how you maximize your expectation in this hand.

  • Check-fold (1)
  • Check-raise (66)
  • Bet out (32)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Your Hand
$600
Cut-off
$50
Button
$230
Small blind
$550
Big blind
$50
$540
1st
$190
Flop
Pot
$17
$17
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Six-max game online. You raise from early position to $8. Everyone folds to the big blind, who comes along. The big blind plays a regular TAGish game and is not terrible. The flop comes T 7 5. The big blind checks and you bet $14; he check-raises to $50.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Folding is terrible since you have the nut-flush draw. Both raising small and raising all-in are bad because you are so deep. With 300BB each at the start of the hand your opponent will not get it in on this flop with anything that you are ahead of. Just flat-call his check-raise and reevaluate on the turn.

  • Call (51)
  • Fold (3)
  • Raise small (19)
  • Raise all-in (27)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, April 20, 2015

Your Hand
$240
3rd
$6
$750
4th
$210
5th
$6
$375
6th
$500
Cut-off
$1,000
Button
$6
$180
Small blind
$6
$180
Big blind
$6
$190
1st
$500
Flop
Pot
$12
$12
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your regular $1/$2 game you limp from early position with 6 7. Players 3 and 5 call. The button and blinds also call and you go six-handed to a flop of 5 3 K. You check and Player 3 bets $6. Player 5, the button and the blinds call.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You have a gut-shot and there are five callers. The bet is still very small compared to the stack sizes. If you hit your hand, you could get paid off large. So take the good odds these players are giving you and hope to punish them should you hit your hand.

  • Call (71)
  • Raise (7)
  • Fold (22)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, April 17, 2015

Your Hand
$6,500
Button
$4,000
$0
Small blind
$100
$3,500
Big blind
$200
$2,800
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$100/$200

Question

You're in the later stages of a two-table sit-and-go. You're the chip leader and have been running over the table. In this hand you make it $600 to go in the cut-off. The button then shoves all-in for $4,000 and the blinds fold.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You’ve been running over the table and the button may have finally decided to play back at you. It’s possible he’s pushing somewhat wide since he knows you have been opening light. That - and the fact that if he is pushing light even a small percentage of the time, you’re getting 1.5-1 to call - makes it a mandatory call.

  • Fold (67)
  • Call (33)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Thursday, April 16, 2015

Your Hand
$1,500
Big blind
$1,750
1st
$450
2nd
$1,900
3rd
$975
4th
$1,400
5th
$75
$645
6th
$1,825
Cut-off
$1,200
Flop
Turn
Pot
$87
$87
Blinds
$2/$5

Question

Seat 5 in your live cash game is an ABC player, solid yet predictable. He usually plays a lower and is probably taking a shot sitting at this table. He raises to $40 pre-flop; you call and go heads-up to the flop. He checks to you on the flop and you check behind. On the 8 turn he bets out $75.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

There are only two possibilities: he was trying to check-raise you with AA on the flop, or he has nothing. When you checked the flop, he put you on being weak and bet the turn, trying to take down the pot. Because he’s a predictable ABC player, unless he has a set we know there is no way he hit the flop or the turn. ABC players taking shots will protect their big hands on a potentially dangerous board. Due to the possible flush draw on the flop, if this player had AA or another monster hand he would almost certainly have bet the flop, protecting the hand against a draw. Although there’s a chance that you’ll be playing into a monster, odds are this player has absolutely nothing, and will fold to your well-sized raise (say $175 or $225).

  • Fold (62)
  • Call (5)
  • Raise (33)