Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Your Hand
$200
Big blind
$2
$200
1st
$450
2nd
$2
$200
Cut-off
$300
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In still another six-max game online, player 2 limps from early position and it’s folded to you. Your read on player 2 is that he is extremely loose and passive, and loves to see flops.

How much should you raise to?



Correct Answer: $12

If your opponent loves to see flops, then no matter what, charge him to see them. Start building that pot already. When you have aces your goal is to win your opponent's stack. Work toward that goal right away by building the pot. Bet as much as your opponent will call on each street. Hell, if he wants to call $15 pre, then make it $15!

  • $6 (6)
  • $8 (25)
  • $10 (31)
  • $12 (38)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Your Hand
$167
2nd
$200
Cut-off
$179
Button
$185
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$340
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$103
$103
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In another of your trademark six-max games online, you raise to $8 under the gun and a loose-passive player on the button calls. Everyone else folds. The flop comes Q 7 2 and you bet $14. He calls. The turn comes 4. You bet $28, and he lets his time bank run down before finally calling. The river comes Q.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet

Against this type of opponent it’s very likely you have the best hand. If you check, he is almost always going to check through with a pocket pair like tens or nines or a hand like A-7. Since the top card paired he is likely to not believe you for that hand, and will likely call with all of the hands just listed. For that reason it’s better to bet this river and fold to a raise than to check.

  • Check-call (45)
  • Check-raise (4)
  • Check-fold (11)
  • Bet (39)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Your Hand
$130
Button
$200
Small blind
$170
Big blind
$70
$0
1st
$200
2nd
$350
Flop
Turn
Pot
$51
$51
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a six-max game online. In this hand you raise to $8 in the cut-off and only the fishy player in the big blind calls. The flop comes 8 9 T; he checks. You bet $17 and he calls. The turn comes Q and he shoves all-in for $70.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

Unless you have a really specific read saying this player likes to bluff at scare cards, you’re just not good often enough to make this call. It might be a tough fold to make since you have an overpair, but a mistake a lot of beginners make is getting married to overpairs regardless of the board. This is not a good board for your hand, so muck it.

  • Call (29)
  • Fold (71)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Your Hand
$170
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$200
1st
$340
2nd
$200
Cut-off
$100
$100
Flop
Pot
$19
$19
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In a six-max game online a decent regular with whom you don't have much history raises from the cut-off to $8. You choose to smooth-call on the button and the blinds fold. The flop comes 8 8 5. He bets $12 and you decide to raise to $35. Your opponent thinks for a while before making it $100.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

Your opponent has at least an overpair larger than yours here. Do not raise all-in - you are very rarely going to be good. Once you decide to raise the flop (a dubious play at best) and get re-raised, it's time to fold.

  • Fold (48)
  • Call (8)
  • Raise all-in (44)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Your Hand
$310
Button
$250
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$350
$0
1st
$130
2nd
$200
Flop
Pot
$17
$17
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In a six-max game online, it’s folded to you in the cut-off and you raise to $8. Folded to the big blind, who is an aggressive and good regular. He calls and the flop comes 7 8 T. He bets out $12; you raise to $35 and he shoves all-in.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

You are either flipping against a combo draw here, or you are absolutely crushed. Fold this hand now unless you have a super sick read against your opponent.

  • Fold (64)
  • Call (36)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Your Hand
$430
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$515
1st
$200
2nd
$350
3rd
$670
4th
$177
Cut-off
$230
Flop
Turn
Pot
$111
$111
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a live $1/$2 game at your local casino. In this hand it’s folded to you on the button. You raise to $10. The small blind folds and the big blind calls. The flop comes T T K and the big blind bets out $15. You raise to $45 and he calls. The turn comes the A. The big blind checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet

The stacks are deep and if you want to win your opponent’s stack by the end of the hand, you’ll have to bet in order to build the pot. If you check through, the pot will be $111, and you have $430 left in your stack to bet. You are going to have a tough time getting all-in. However, if you bet $90 on the turn and your opponent calls, the pot will be $291 and you’ll only have $340 left in your stack - which will make your job of getting all-in a little easier.

  • Check through (30)
  • Bet (70)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Your Hand
$154
Small blind
$134
Big blind
$120
1st
$350
2nd
$280
Cut-off
$175
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$93
$93
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a six-max game online. In this hand it’s folded to you on the button and you raise to $8. An average tight-aggressive player calls in the big blind and you take a flop heads-up of A Q 4. He checks and you fire $13. He calls and the turn comes 5. He checks; you bet $25; he tanks and then calls again. The river comes A and he tanks and then checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet $60

This river is a good card for you. Not only does it give you trips with a good kicker, but it also makes it less likely your opponent will think you have an ace. Bet a smallish amount for value and hope your opponent looks you up with a worse ace or a pair of queens.

  • Bet $60 (66)
  • Check through (18)
  • Bet all-in (16)
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