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Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, October 31, 2014

Your Hand
$100
2nd
$100
Cut-off
$50
Button
$160
Small blind
$120
Big blind
$13
$95
Flop
Pot
$23.50
$23.50
Blinds
50¢/$1

Question

You are playing in a tight-aggressive six-max game online. You raise to $4 under the gun and everyone folds to the big blind, who comes along for the ride. The flop comes T T 7. The big blind checks and you bet $5. The big blind now check-raises to $13.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

This almost always screams smaller pocket pair. A ten doesn't usually check-raise fearing he is going to make his opponent fold. Call the flop and see what happens on the turn. Your opponent is going to show up with an underpair to tens here a lot of the time.

  • Fold (30)
  • Raise (22)
  • Call (48)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Your Hand
2,700
100
3rd
3080
4th
3100
5th
3000
Cut-off
2850
Button
250
3110
Small blind
3040
Big blind
3000
1st
3020
Pot
$0
Blinds
20/40

Question

It’s early in a big online multi-table tournament. You make it 100 to go with A J and it’s folded to the button, who raises up to 250. The blinds fold.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

Playing this sort of trap hand out of position is really hard. If you decide to call, there are very few flops you will feel comfortable with. Raising is far too aggressive as well, as you’ll only get action from hands that have you beat.

  • Fold (31)
  • Call (54)
  • Raise to $900 (15)

Question of the Day : Fixed Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Your Hand
$410
$10
Small blind
$110
Big blind
$10
$500
1st
$320
2nd
$450
Cut-off
$600
Pot
$0
Blinds
$5/$10

Question

You're playing a six-handed fixed-limit hold'em game at your local casino. It’s folded to you on the button. You raise and the big blind raises back.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

First of all, folding is not particularly good for your image. You don’t want your opponents to think that they can push you around. Secondly, if your opponent doesn’t have an overpair, JJ or 99, you have decent odds for a call. You will also have position in the hand, which always is a huge advantage. See a flop and decide what to do from there.

  • Fold (7)
  • Call (80)
  • Raise (13)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, October 27, 2014

Your Hand
1700
Big blind
1200
1st
500
3300
2nd
600
3rd
800
5th
500
2400
Cut-off
500
2800
Pot
1800
1800
Blinds
100/200

Question

You're playing in a $30 sit-and-go online. This is the last hand before the blinds are raised to 150/300. An aggressive player raises to 500 from first position. Fifth position and the cut-off call. With 1,700 left in your stack you look down at two nines.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise All-in

Next hand you'll only have eight big blinds left and if you fold one or two more rounds you’ll have to make a move with any random hand. In these situations it’s better to push your chips into the middle before it becomes an automatic call for your opponents. Your pair of nines might very well be the best hand and you basically only fear the original raiser. Even if he calls (and the other players fold), you might face a coin-flip for a 4,600 pot and the chip lead.

  • Fold (14)
  • Call (6)
  • Raise All-in (80)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Sunday, October 26, 2014

Your Hand
$85
Small blind
$95
Big blind
$100
1st
$90
2nd
$102
Cut-off
$95
$0
Flop
Pot
$7.50
$7.50
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in a $1/$2 cash game online. An aggressive player makes a $3 raise from the cut off. You decide to see a flop from the button with your little creative hand. The blinds fold and the flop comes 4 5 7. Your opponent bets $6, you raise to $16 and your opponent goes all-in.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

There’s a small possibility you’re up against a flush, but it’s far more likely your opponent only has a high heart. The over-bet implies that he doesn’t mind you folding. You’ll have to dodge a few cards on the turn and river, but you’ll have to make the call.

  • Fold (20)
  • Call (80)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Saturday, October 25, 2014

Your Hand
$98
1st
$90
2nd
$102
Cut-off
$55
Button
$85
Small blind
$95
Flop
Turn
Pot
$6
$6
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in a $1/$2 cash game online. It’s folded to a weak player on the button who limps in. The small blind calls and you check. The flop comes 2 4 J. It’s checked around the table and the turn comes 4. The small blind checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet

Since the player in the small blind checked, he's announced he’s giving up the pot so you’re basically just playing against the weak player on the button. In your opponent's eyes, the 4 on the turn could have helped your random big-blind hand and a bet will most likely win you the pot. Also, the player on the button must take into consideration that he has a player to act after him, which will reduce the chance of him making some sort of hero call.

  • Check (27)
  • Bet (73)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, October 24, 2014

Your Hand
$90
$16
1st
$32
$67
2nd
$40
Cut-off
$89
Button
$102
$0
Small blind
$80
Flop
Turn
Pot
$25
$25
Blinds
$0.50/$1

Question

You're playing in a $0.50/$1 cash game online. A solid player makes a standard $3 raise from first position, the button calls and you see the flop with J 9. The flop comes J J 6. You decide on a little reverse psychology and bet out half the pot with your monster. Both opponents call. The turn comes 2. You bet out 2/3 of the pot, UTG min-raises and the button moves all-in.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

This hand is a good example of how important it is to be able to change plans in the middle of a pot. On the flop, you had a virtually unbeatable hand. On the turn, the action killed it. If you call, what do you think your opponents have? Could both of them have something like inferior jacks or high pairs? Could they be bluffing? Those scenarios are highly unlikely. You might have the solid player UTG beat – who could have QQ-AA – but the button must have a better hand than you. Remember, there are no draws out there and at this level, people very rarely make huge bluffs.

  • Fold (42)
  • Call (58)

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