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

Your Hand
$230
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$350
1st
$275
2nd
$300
Cut-off
$230
Flop
Pot
$17
$17
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In a six-max game online, you raise to $8 when it is folded to you on the button. A loose player calls in the small blind and the big blind folds. The flop comes A 8 4. Your opponent checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check through

You have a decent pair with showdown value. Betting here does not accomplish much. Your opponent will fold his worse hands and call with his aces. If you check now you may induce your opponent to bet with a worse hand on either the turn or river. Or you may just check it down and win with the best hand, as you would by betting the flop.

  • Check through (15)
  • Bet (85)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Your Hand
$250
2nd
$400
3rd
$75
Button
$350
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$500
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$101
$101
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Average $1/$2 game online. The button is a decent player who hasn't got out of line but is by no means a pro. You raise your A-J suited from UTG to $7. It's folded to the button who calls. Blinds fold, heads-up to flop of J 3 9. You bet $12 and he smooth-calls. The turn brings the 5 and you bet $30. Once again he calls. River brings 8.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet $25-$35

This bet is designed to be a blocking bet. You don't want to check here and have your opponent dictate the bet size. Betting small on the river establishes a decent bet that you can hopefully see a showdown for. If you are raised, you’re most likely beat and you can safely fold. If you check, your opponent may get it into his head that he can bluff you, and any decent-sized bet on the river puts you in a difficult spot. This small bet should take that thought out of his head.

  • Bet pot (7)
  • Check (49)
  • Bet $25-$35 (44)

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

Your Hand
$260,000
2nd
$104,000
$500,000
3rd
$400,000
4th
$350,000
Cut-off
$420,000
Button
$350,000
Small blind
$550,000
Big blind
$370,000
Flop
Turn
Pot
$169,500
$169,500
Blinds
$400/$800

Question

You’re playing in a high-stakes cash game. In this hand you raise to $2,500 under the gun. Player 2 calls right after you and the entire table calls behind. The flop comes T 2 2. The blinds check and you bet $10,200. Player 2 thinks for a moment before raising to $36,500. It’s folded around to the small blind, who cold-calls, and you think before calling. The turn comes the 7. The SB checks; you check; Player 2 bets $104,000 and the small blind folds. Your read on Player 2 is that he is a very aggressive player, probably one of the best in the world, and is capable of all sorts of things.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

This is a very difficult hand, but you must look at a few things. For one, your opponent is one of the best in the world and is extremely capable of running up huge bluffs. Two, your hand looks exactly like what it is. You raised under the gun, then bet into seven people and then called a raise on a ten-high board. It should be immediately apparent that you have an overpair. Because your opponent knows that you are probably unlikely to want to go broke with an overpair in this spot, he can put the pressure on you and get you to fold. Meaning you should probably find a call. It is a tough spot because he’s showing so much strength, but against this type of opponent you really have to just go with it. So get it all-in.

  • Fold (17)
  • Raise all-in (66)
  • Call (17)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Your Hand
$170
Big blind
$300
1st
$120
2nd
$550
Cut-off
$300
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$112
$112
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a six-max game online. In this hand it’s folded to you on the button. You raise to $8. The nitty player in the small blind calls, and the big blind folds. The flop comes 6 3 3 and the SB donk-bets $12. You call and the turn comes 7. He bets $35 and you call. The river comes 9 and he bets $70.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

You have an overpair to the board, but against a nitty player like this that really doesn't count for much. It certainly looks like he has a full house here. The thing about nits is that they usually have what they are representing. So give him some credit and muck your hand.

  • Fold (37)
  • Call (46)
  • Raise (17)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Your Hand
$155
Small blind
$290
Big blind
$280
1st
$260
2nd
$330
Cut-off
$70
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$115
$115
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your 6-max game online it’s folded to you on the button. You raise to $8. The small blind folds, the big blind calls. BB is an OK player, probably break-even or a very small winner. Flop: 8 4 2. He checks; you bet $14. He calls. Turn K. You fire a second barrel and he tanks before calling. River: 4. He thinks before checking.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet $85

Just because he called two streets doesn't mean he is willing to call a third. Look at his range - it’s still very weak. It consists of mostly one-pair hands worse than nines. The very best possible hand he can have is TT; he couldn't have called the flop with a king so he doesn't have that. He has a pocket pair that got stubborn and called the turn because he knows that it is a good two-barrel card. Now he tank-checks, hoping you will give up. Don’t: fire that third barrel, then scoop the pot when he folds!

  • Give up and check (50)
  • Bet $85 (50)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Your Hand
$190
Small blind
$290
Big blind
$315
1st
$260
2nd
$330
Cut-off
$70
Flop
Turn
Pot
$45
$45
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In a six-max game online it’s folded around to you on the button and you raise to $8. The small blind folds and the player in the big blind calls. The big blind is an OK player, probably break-even or a very small winner. The flop comes 8 4 2. He checks; you bet $14. He calls and the turn comes K.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet $35

If you could hand-pick a card from the deck to double-barrel, this one would be it. It improves your perceived range and hurts his. He is most likely to have called before the flop with a pocket pair, one that’s smaller than the board. He peels the flop because he puts you on a c-bet and still thinks he has the best hand. So fire a second barrel on this great card and see what happens.

  • Bet $35 (70)
  • Check (20)
  • Bet $15 (10)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Your Hand
$200
Button
$198
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$300
1st
$300
2nd
$450
Flop
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In another six-max game online, it’s folded around to you in the cut-off and you make it $8. The tight-aggressive button calls and the blinds fold. The flop comes 8 9 Q.

Should you continuation-bet?



Correct Answer: No

This board hit your opponent's button calling range way too hard. A bet is flushing money down the drain. Think about it - any two connected cards 5-6 and up are calling at least one bet, and how comfortable can you be firing a second barrel on any street? Just check this one and let your hand go.

  • Yes (46)
  • No (54)
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