Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Your Hand
$200
Small blind
$150
Big blind
$100
1st
$400
2nd
$16
$280
Cut-off
$600
Flop
Pot
$41
$41
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in a cash game online. Player 2 limps, as does the Cut-off. You raise to $10 and the Blinds fold. Player 2 calls and the Cut-off folds. The flop comes A 8 9. Your opponent bets out $16.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

With top set you should get your money in as soon as possible. Your opponent’s donk-bet could mean a number of things. It's usually a show of strength, and you have a monster. Jack it up now and hope to get it in.

  • Raise (70)
  • Fold (1)
  • Call (29)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Your Hand
$200
Button
$200
Small blind
$150
Big blind
$180
1st
$200
2nd
$8
$189
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You are playing in an aggressive six-max game online. It is folded to player 2 and he raises to $8. You know him to be a good but aggressive TAG.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You are in position and have a good pocket pair. You are definitely going to see a flop. Three-betting, however, is counterproductive unless you know your opponent will call or even raise with worse. So just see a flop in position and let your edge manifest itself.

  • Fold (4)
  • Call (51)
  • Three-bet (46)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Your Hand
$175
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$200
1st
$180
2nd
$75
$0
Cut-off
$450
Flop
Turn
Pot
$115
$115
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Six-max game online. In this hand an unknown (Player 2) raises to $8 and you flat-call on the button. The flop comes 7 A 5. He bets $12 and you raise to $36. He calls and the turn comes 2. He goes all-in for $75.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You have top pair, good kicker and a redraw to the second nut-flush draw. If he has a flush why does he donk bet it here? Wouldn't he check-raise and get it all-in? The line is a weird one, and you have a good hand with a redraw. Make the call.

  • Fold (24)
  • Call (76)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Your Hand
$200
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$354
1st
$85
$190
2nd
$350
Cut-off
$40
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$101
$101
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in an online six-max game. In this hand a tight under-the-gun player makes it $8 and it’s folded around to you on the button. You decide to smooth-call and the blinds fold. The flop comes 3 T 8 and your opponent bets $12. You again choose to smooth-call. The turn comes Q. Your opponent bets $30 and you elect to smooth-call. The river comes 9. Your opponent bets $85.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Let’s overlook the fact that you played this hand in fairly suspect fashion from the get-go and just focus on the river action. Although there is a four-straight on the board, your hand is underrepresented hugely. Your opponent could be value betting very thin with any smaller set as well as with AA or even KK. There is also a small chance that he could be bluffing. Because of all these factors, you really need to call and see a showdown.

  • Call (57)
  • Raise (13)
  • Fold (29)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Your Hand
$200
Button
$32
$200
Small blind
$180
1st
$300
2nd
$120
Flop
Pot
$37
$37
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In a six-max game online, it’s folded to you in the cut-off and you raise to $6. It is then folded to the BB, a good but fairly standard TAG, who makes it $18. You call and see a flop heads-up of 6 5 2. Your opponent bets $32.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call/reevaluate turn

Your hand is too strong to fold just yet, but raising does not accomplish anything. If you raise you will only fold out worse hands and keep the hands in that beat you. Call this bet in position, and play poker on the turn.

  • Fold (10)
  • Raise (30)
  • Call/reevaluate turn (54)
  • Call/shove turn (5)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Your Hand
$200
1st
$200
2nd
$190
Cut-off
$400
Button
$200
Small blind
$340
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$79
$79
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online, under the gun folds and Player 2 raises to $7. It's folded to you in the big blind and you call. The flop comes 6 3 T. You check and your opponent bets $10. You call and the turn is the 7. You check and again your opponent fires, this time $22. You call and the river comes 9.

How should you get the most value?



Correct Answer: Check-raise

If your opponent had been bluffing for two streets, he will likely follow it up on the river with a third barrel that he would fold to if you bet. Also if he does have a hand like an overpair, he most likely will not check behind on the river but instead try and bet for value. Either way there is a small likelihood the river will get checked through. So check and plan to raise on his river bet.

  • Check-raise (32)
  • Check-fold (8)
  • Bet (61)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Your Hand
$185
1st
$250
2nd
$175
Cut-off
$350
Button
$239
Small blind
$190
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$66
$66
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Six-max game online. Player 2 raises it to $6. You know Player 2 to be a good, solid TAG. It’s folded to you and you call. Flop K 2 9. You check; Player 2 bets $10. You call. Turn T. You check. Player 2 bets $15; you call. River T. You believe your opponent has nothing.

How should you play your hand to make the most of it?



Correct Answer: Bet $10

A small bet like this looks like a blocking bet. Your opponent may see this blocking bet as weakness (since blocking bets are designed to see cheap showdowns) and choose to raise your weak blocking bet as a bluff. Basically your small blocking bet is actually a bet to induce a raise, which in the end will net you more money than just checking and hoping he bluffs.

  • Check (49)
  • Bet $30 (31)
  • Bet $10 (20)