Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, September 04, 2015

Your Hand
$550
2nd
$600
Cut-off
$800
Button
$100
$340
Small blind
$450
Big blind
$600
Flop
Turn
Pot
$73
$73
Blinds
$2/$4

Question

Six-max game online. You raise to $15 and everyone folds to the button, who calls. Button plays average - he's not terrible but not great. Everyone else folds. Flop is K 6 4. You continuation bet $20 and your opponent flats. Turn 9. You bet $45 and he raises to $100.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You have to call $55 to win a $218 pot. You're almost getting 4-1 immediate odds - not to mention he has shown a lot of strength and will surely call a bet on the river should you hit. Doing anything other than calling is a mistake.

  • Fold (25)
  • Call (67)
  • Raise (8)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Sunday, August 30, 2015

Your Hand
$146
Small blind
$230
Big blind
$170
1st
$200
2nd
$130
Cut-off
$350
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$109
$109
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Aggressive six-max game online. Folded to you on button; you make it $9. SB folds, BB calls. BB is a tight-aggressive regular and doesn't 3-bet much pre-flop. Flop A 7 8. BB checks; you bet $15. BB calls. Turn 2. He checks; you bet $30. His time runs all the way down before he calls. River 3. He checks again.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet $50 for value

Bet $50 for value. Checking through is your next-best option but betting for value is good. This board looks very draw-y. Usually a river bet = a monster or a bluff. Your opponent likely called the turn with a hand, not a draw, as he was not getting the required odds to call on a draw. On the river a bet will look more like a bluff than a value bet and thus your opponent may pay you off light.

  • Bet $50 for value (70)
  • Check through (26)
  • Go all-in and hope he will fold (4)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, August 28, 2015

Your Hand
$2,000
1st
$5,400
2nd
$1,000
Cut-off
$2,800
Button
$2,500
Small blind
$2,800
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$1,215
$1,215
Blinds
$10/$20

Question

Aggressive six-max game online. Folded to the cut-off who makes it $65. Button flat-calls. You squeeze out of the big blind to $200. Cut-off folds and button calls. Flop 8 3 2. You bet $370 and he calls. Turn 2. You check; so does your opponent. River J.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check/fold

Check and fold. His most likely hand here is a pocket pair – probably lower than your pair. Pre-flop he would have presumably reraised with a pocket pair higher than eight; however, he flat-called the original raise. When you three-bet he decided to call, likely hoping to flop a set and stack you. However, he hit a board decent for a mid pocket pair, which explains the flop call and the turn check. Your opponent will likely check the river through, although if he does decide to bet there is a fairly good chance your hand is no good. This is because he knows that a bet on the river does not accomplish anything. A mid pocket pair has good showdown value. If he bets the river he has either nothing, or a hand that he can value bet. It’s very unlikely that he has nothing, since he called the flop and there were no draws. Thus odds are he’s value betting you.

  • Bet (31)
  • Check/call (48)
  • Check/fold (22)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Your Hand
$185
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$25
$165
1st
$350
2nd
$340
Cut-off
$180
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$41
$41
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

$1/$2 game online. It’s folded to you on the button. You make it $7 and the big blind calls. Big blind is a standard regular. Flop is 4 K 5. He checks; you bet $12. He smooth-calls. Turn 2. He checks; you check behind. River K. He bets $25.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

You made a flush and your opponent likely has something like three kings that may call your raise. Raise now to around $70 for value.

  • Fold (3)
  • Raise (64)
  • Call (33)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Your Hand
$800
2nd
$1,200
3rd
$1,900
4th
$4,000
5th
$1,000
6th
$2,300
Cut-off
$1,200
Button
$2,300
Small blind
$1,000
Big blind
$200
$2,100
Flop
Pot
$315
$315
Blinds
$5/$10

Question

In a $5/$10 game at your local casino you limp 2 2 under the gun. Players 3, 5 and the button limp behind. Both blinds come along. Six-handed to 2 5 J flop. The blinds check and you bet $55. Players 3, 5, the button and small blind all fold. Big blind check-raises to $200.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

You have a set on a dangerous board. You likely have the best hand right now but you can't risk seeing a turn card. Raise now and hope to get it in on the flop. You're likely against the nut-flush draw or a pair and a flush draw. Even if your opponent has a flush already, you have full-house outs. Get it in now!

  • Raise (42)
  • Fold (26)
  • Call (32)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, August 24, 2015

Your Hand
$200
1st
$350
2nd
$500
Cut-off
$220
Button
$8
$200
Small blind
$200
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Aggressive six-max game online. Folded to button who raises to $8. Button is fairly aggressive albeit ABC TAG/LAG. He opens many pots from late position but he's not a total bleeder. He often folds to 3-bets and will only call a 3-bet with top of his range. SB folds.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Although three-betting might be good against some players, it would effectively turn your hand into a bluff in this case. Your opponent is going to only call with hands that you are behind to. By smooth-calling you allow yourself to play a pot against a range that you dominate.

  • Three-bet to $24 (66)
  • Fold (4)
  • Call (30)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, August 21, 2015

Your Hand
$200
1st
$240
2nd
$400
Cut-off
$600
Button
$120
Small blind
$250
Flop
Turn
Pot
$30
$30
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Six-max game online. Play is folded around to the small blind. He raises to $8 and you decide to flat-call. Small blind is your average TAG. Flop is J 8 9 and he bets $14. You again elect to flat-call. Turn is 8 and he checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet

This is blind versus blind, and you have top pair. You likely have the best hand. You could have played it differently (reraising pre-flop or raising the flop), but you should definitely bet this turn when checked to. Bet the turn and fold if you are check-raised.

  • Check (26)
  • Bet (74)