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Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Your Hand
$200
1st
$300
2nd
$200
Cut-off
$165
Button
$180
Small blind
$200
Flop
Pot
$31
$31
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a six-max game online, and in this hand a loose-passive player limps from early position. A solid regular raises to $10 from the button. The small blind folds and you call. The flop comes 4 T 8.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet

If you check, this flop is going to get checked through more often than not. If there’s no bet on the flop, you’ll never be able to get your stack into the middle by the end of the hand. Bet now to start building the pot and hope someone raises behind you.

  • Check-raise (28)
  • Bet (52)
  • Check-call (20)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Your Hand
$200
Small blind
$42
$140
Big blind
$300
1st
$500
2nd
$270
Cut-off
$114
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$94
$94
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In a six-max game online, it's folded around to you on the button. You raise to $8 and the loose-passive player in the small blind calls. The big blind folds. The flop comes J T 4; the SB checks and you bet $12. He calls and the turn comes 3. He checks; you bet $26. The river comes 9 and he bets $42.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Granted, the 9 is about the worst card you can pick from the deck to come on the river, but you can't fold. Your opponent's bet is laying you 3-1 and you’re ahead of two pairs and smaller sets. If he had bet full pot you might find a fold, but you can’t fold for this bet size.

  • Fold (44)
  • Call (51)
  • Raise (4)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Your Hand
$120
1st
$299
2nd
$500
Cut-off
$340
Button
$110
Small blind
$200
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$225
$225
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In this hand of a six-max game online it’s folded to a winning tight-aggressive player who raises to $6 on the button. You three-bet to $22 and he calls. The flop comes 8 4 3. You bet $30 and he calls. The turn comes 5. You bet $60 and he calls. The river comes 2.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check-fold

Your opponent is showing a ton of strength by calling the flop and turn in a three-bet pot. Check the river - there's not much chance you're going to be bluffed out, because if he has a hand like 8 7 he's going to check through and see a showdown. He's only going to bet with hands that beat you. Conversely, betting is no good either because seldom are you going to be called by worse.

  • Check-fold (65)
  • Shove (35)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Your Hand
$160
2nd
$350
Cut-off
$200
Button
$120
Small blind
$199
Big blind
$198
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$111
$111
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a six-max game online. In this hand you raise it to $8 from under the gun and it’s folded to the loose player on the button. He calls, everyone else folds and the flop comes A 5 8. You bet $14 and he calls. Your read on the button is that he plays aggressively and does not slow-play. The turn comes 2; you bet $32 and he calls. The river comes 2.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check-call

Now if your read on him is that he has an ace, then by all means the best play is to bet. But he is less likely to have an ace here and more likely to have a flush draw. So check to him and allow him to bluff his missed flush draws, then snap them off.

  • Bet (60)
  • Check-fold (2)
  • Check-raise (12)
  • Check-call (26)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Your Hand
$200
Button
$180
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$198
1st
$200
2nd
$350
Flop
Turn
Pot
$45
$45
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In a six-max game online, it’s folded to you in the cut-off and you raise to $8. The very solid regular on the button calls you and everyone else folds. The flop comes K 7 3 and you c-bet $13. He calls and the turn comes 3.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet-fold

Checking this turn card is just going to allow you to get bluffed out a high percentage of the time. Good regular players will often take advantage of serial c-betters by calling with position and bluffing them off the turn when they give up. Fire a second barrel and fold if you are raised.

  • Check-fold (7)
  • Check-raise (11)
  • Bet-call (34)
  • Bet-fold (49)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Your Hand
$195
2nd
$200
3rd
$300
4th
$230
5th
$500
Cut-off
$500
Button
$150
$0
Small blind
$140
Big blind
$180
Flop
Pot
$63
$63
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a lively $1/$2 game in your local casino. In this hand you make it $15 under the gun and get four callers. The flop comes J 3 8. You bet $40 and everyone folds to the button, who goes all-in for $150 total.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You have to call $110 more – there’s $253 in the pot, and you probably already have the best hand. I insta-call this so fast I break all Hellmuth insta-call records.

  • Fold (16)
  • Call (84)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Your Hand
$350
2nd
$280
3rd
$805
4th
$280
5th
$284
6th
$203
Cut-off
$820
Button
$340
Small blind
$800
Big blind
$280
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$143
$143
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Live $1/$2 game. Play is fairly bad and average player is pretty fishy.You jack your A K to $12 from UTG. Folded to a bad player on the button who calls. Heads-up flop of 3 7 A. You bet out $18; he calls. Turn 8. You bet out $40. He calls again. At this point you're fairly sure he has a draw. River 3.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check

If you're fairly sure he has a draw, the best way to play this hand is to check to induce a bet from him. If he does have that draw, he’s not going to call anything. This is an excellent move to pull off occasionally in this context. Your opponent knows the only way he can win is by betting, so often if you check to him he’ll make a bluff at the pot which you can snap off with a call.

  • Check (57)
  • Bet (43)
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