Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Your Hand
$140
Button
$170
Small blind
$45
Big blind
$200
1st
$300
2nd
$600
3rd
$800
4th
$100
5th
$230
6th
$102
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$121
$121
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

$1/$2 game at your local. Folded to you in cut-off you raise to $10. Button calls; blinds fold. Read on the button is he's a fairly average TAG. Not great, but probably a marginal winner in this game. Flop A 8 T. You bet $14; he calls. Turn 3. You bet $35; he calls. River 3.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet

You have TPTK. Your hand is likely good against your opponent's range. He may pay off with a worse ace and, given his action, he doesn't have too many hands that beat you. Bet this for value and fold if raised.

  • Bet (74)
  • Check/call (23)
  • Check/fold (3)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, April 18, 2016

Your Hand
$200
1st
$540
2nd
$350
3rd
$290
4th
$130
5th
$260
6th
$190
Cut-off
$450
Button
$200
Small blind
$240
Flop
Turn
Pot
$106
$106
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

$1/$2 game at your local casino. Player 3 raises to $5. Players 5, 6, the cut-off and button all call. Small blind folds; you call in big blind. Flop K T 8. You check.Player 3 bets $20; Player 5 calls and everyone else folds. You call. A comes on the turn.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet out

A good amount would be $65. You have a big hand that you would like to get value from. Check-raising screams too much strength. Lead out on the ace and hopefully someone else made two pair and will raise.

  • Check-raise (54)
  • Check-fold (1)
  • Bet out (44)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, April 11, 2016

Your Hand
$55
1st
$500
2nd
$700
Cut-off
$240
Button
$16
$600
Small blind
$240
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$2/$4

Question

You are short-stacking a $2/$4 game online. In this hand it's folded to the button, who raises to $16. The small blind folds.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

Your hand is way ahead of the button's range. Calling is bad because you will miss most flops, forcing you to fold your hand after investing almost 30% of your stack. Raise all-in and your opponent will likely frustratingly look you up with a lot of hands, many of which you will have completely dominated.

  • Fold (1)
  • Raise all-in (89)
  • Call (10)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, April 04, 2016

Your Hand
$160
Small blind
$150
Big blind
$340
1st
$400
2nd
$700
Cut-off
$80
Flop
Turn
Pot
$124
$124
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Online six-max game. Player in the cut-off calls; you raise to $8 from the button. Small blind calls and so does limper. Flop 3 5 T. SB bets $6 and limper calls. You raise to $45. SB calls and limper in the cut-off folds. Heads-up to K turn. SB checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check behind

You have a good hand but not one you can get three streets of value from. Check the turn and bet the river if you are checked to again. Hands like top pair, average kicker are never going to get called by a worse hand if you try and get three streets of value for them. So just check and see a river card.

  • Check behind (59)
  • Bet (41)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, March 28, 2016

Your Hand
$234
Button
$200
Small blind
$300
Big blind
$45
1st
$240
2nd
$100
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$97
$97
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Online six-max game. Folded to you in cut-off. You make it $8 to go. Button calls and the blinds fold. Flop: K T 7. You bet $13 and he flat-calls. Turn 2. You bet $26. He calls. River 3.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet-fold

This is a great spot for three streets of value with top pair, top kicker. The board had a number of draws but none of them got there. Many players bet their draws hard and are reluctant to give up on the river. Your hand looks like one of these. Bet now and if you are raised you’re best off folding, since your stack is still deep.

  • Check-fold (2)
  • Check-call (36)
  • Check-raise (9)
  • Bet-call (32)
  • Bet-fold (21)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, March 21, 2016

Your Hand
$400
1st
$450
2nd
$290
3rd
$500
4th
$190
5th
$340
Cut-off
$600
Button
$160
$300
Small blind
$200
Flop
Pot
$102
$102
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Live game at local casino. Play is loose-passive with many fish; stacks are deep. Players 2, 4, 6 and button limp. SB completes. You raise to $20. Players 4, 6, button and SB call. Flop Q J T. SB checks; you bet $80. Folded to button who makes it $160 w/ $300 behind. Folded to you.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

You have top set and are likely up against a pair-and-a-draw type hand. There is too much money in the pot to do anything other than get it all-in right now. Hope for a call and then a board pair, and then rake that huge pot.

  • Raise all-in (75)
  • Fold (10)
  • Call (15)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, March 14, 2016

Your Hand
$450
Big blind
$400
$0
1st
$210
2nd
$180
Cut-off
$300
Button
$180
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$70
$70
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Deep-stack $1/$2 game online. Folded to you in the SB and you make it $7. The BB, a decent, tight-aggressive player, calls. Flop J 7 2. You bet $10; he calls. Turn 7. You check. He bets $18 and you call. River 5. You check; he goes all-in for $400.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

Yes, your hand improved, but there's no way your opponent is doing this 400+BB deep with anything that you beat. Unless you have a specific note on him that says overbets = bluffs, you're best off just folding this.

  • Fold (85)
  • Call (15)