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• Hey, guys. This is Mike1013 for Flop Turn River. I've been thinking for a while about

• 3-betting, and about making a video about 3-betting, but I've realized that 3-betting's

• such a complex subject, such a wide subject, such an opponent and situation-specific subject,

• that I could make a number of videos, each focusing on a specific aspect of 3-betting.

• Today, I'm going to get started by talking about 3-betting for value. So, when can we

• 3-bet for value? Well, we have to ask ourself, how does our hand compare against the range

• that our opponent can continue with? This is important. It doesn't really matter what

• his opening range is. His range for continuing has to be worse than our hand, otherwise our

• 3-bet has no value. If we 3-bet, and only get called by hands

• that beat us, or mostly get called by hands that beat us, then it's hard to see how this

• could, in any way, be a 3-bet for value. So, how do we determine what our opponent's range

• for continuing is? As always, reads are really good, and if you've seen your opponent do

• something, and he got to showdown, and showed his cards, that's very important, but if you

• don't have those kind of reads, you can use your opponent's PFR and Fold-to-3Bet stats

• to get a general idea of what his range might be.

• For instance, if he's opening or raising 20% in a certain spot, and his Fold-to-3Bet stat

• is 50%, then that means he's continuing with a range of 10%, and you can judge how well

• your hand stacks up against that 10% range, to decide whether or not you can 3-bet for

• value. Now, when you have something like Aces or Kings, it's pretty easy to tell how your

• hand is going to fare against your opponent's continuing range. You crush it 99% of the

• time, so that's an easy 3-bet for value, but what about spots where it's not so clear,

• where it's kind of difficult to decide if we have a 3-bet for value?

• Well, I'm going to look at, perhaps, one of the classic cases of a hand, where it's hard

• to know what you should do. I'm going to look at pocket Jacks. Let's take a look at a couple

• of example hands here. All right, let's take a look at the stats

• that I have up here on the HUD. First number, VPIP, second number, PFR, third number is

• 3-bet, and in the popup there, we have Fold to 3-bet on the bottom right. Now, let's take

• a look at the action here, on this 25 NL Full Ring Cash Game table. So, we get a raise and

• a cold call, and it's on us with Jacks. Now, let's take a look at these players.

• The first guy, the open raiser, he looks like an aggressive fish. He has a 20% PFR, so his

• range is kind of wide here. Let's take a look at his Fold to 3-bet. It's only 8%, or 1 out

• of 13 times, that he's folded to a 3-bet. I think we can safely conclude that he's continuing

• with a very wide range. Then, whatever range the cold caller's continuing with, that can

• only help us, as well. Let's look at his Fold to 3-bet percent. Okay, his is only 20% over

• a very small sample. Both of these players display the tendency

• that they like to call, they have wide ranges, so I think we're getting a lot of value here

• when we 3-bet with Jacks. I did go ahead and 3-bet to four times the size of the opening

• raise. In general, you want to 3-bet to at least three times the size of the raise. Plus,

• you want to add a little bit extra for each cold caller that there is.

• Let's go to the next hand. Okay, the next hand happens at a 4 NL Cash Game, and we get

• a limp by a fish, and a raise by a very nitty player. It's on us, and we have to decide

• what we want to do. Well, this guy, his PFR's only 6%. Our Jacks are barely ahead of 6%.

• I see no reason to 3-bet here. If we 3-bet, and let's look at his Fold to 3-bet percent.

• It's 64%. Small sample, but he's folding some of the time, or the majority of the time.

• If we 3-bet here, all we're doing is narrowing his range to continue to hands that beat us.

• There's no point to do this. If we 3-bet here, it's not for value at all. Furthermore, if

• we 3-bet, we might lose the fish, and we want to play as many pots as possible against a

• 41/1 guy. So here, I think the correct play, by far, is to cold call.

• You might be wondering, well, then how do we exploit a guy who's folding so often? Well,

• we'll talk about that in the next video in the series, where we're going to be discussing

• 3-betting as a bluff. Until then, take care, guys.

Hey, guys. This is Mike1013 for Flop Turn River. I've been thinking for a while about

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# [FTR Quick Tip 004] 3-Betting, Part 1: Three-Betting for Value

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Hoàng Hùng posted on 2017/04/11
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