Is the limp/3-bet all the time A-A?

I used to be just lately informed a couple of hand from a leisure small stakes participant that illustrates two detrimental errors many gamers make frequently. In a $1/$Three no-limit maintain’em money sport with $160 efficient stacks, the gamers in first and second place at an eight-handed desk limped. Our Hero determined to boost to $16 with As-Qd from the button.

Whereas I’m advantageous with elevating the limpers purely for worth, Hero ought to make it a bit bigger, maybe $22. The distinction between elevating to $16 and $22 could seem trivial, however there’s a ton of long-term worth available in making the pot a bit bigger in place with what is commonly the very best hand.

The large blind referred to as and the preliminary limper 3-bet to $46. The second limper folded.

It is a troublesome spot. If the opponent is a stereotypical $1/$Three participant, you may be nearly sure that he has a premium hand. Whereas he could also be bluffing infrequently, in opposition to one among these gamers, the clever play is to easily fold as a result of it’s too seemingly that you’re dominated by A-A, Ok-Ok, Q-Q, or A-Ok. Nonetheless, if the opponent is understood to limp/3-bet with all types of junk, Hero ought to as an alternative go all-in. Whereas he’ll nonetheless lose his stack to A-A, Ok-Ok, and Q-Q, the opponent will likely be pressured to fold quite a few arms which have fairness earlier than the flop whereas additionally sidestepping troublesome conditions after the flop. As you possibly can see, being conscious of your opponent’s tendencies is vitally necessary. Fortuitously, limp/3-betting stands proud like a sore thumb, so Hero ought to have an honest concept of his opponent’s tendencies if he has performed with him a lot in any respect.

Hero selected the one play I dislike, which was to name. The large blind referred to as as nicely (which was additionally nearly actually a mistake, given he was in opposition to two seemingly premium ranges). The flop got here Jh-Th-9h. Each opponents checked to Hero. The pot is $142 with $114 remaining within the stacks.

With these stacks, Hero’s solely viable choices are to both test or go all-in. That stated, I feel checking is vastly superior to betting. It’s practically unattainable for each opponents to have missed this extraordinarily coordinated board, that means Hero has basically no fold fairness. Whereas I perceive that the opponents’ checks might point out weak point, they may be gradual enjoying/attempting to extract most worth from a flush or set. When you don’t have any fold fairness, it is best to merely test behind and attempt to enhance on the flip.

Hero bet $60. The large blind folded and the limp/3-bettor went all-in for $54 extra.

At this level, Hero has to reluctantly name off the rest of his stack. He has to place $54 right into a pot that will likely be $370, that means he must win solely 15% of the time to interrupt even. Whereas he might be drawing stone useless, it’s too seemingly he’s in opposition to a set or over pair that he has the correct fairness in opposition to. Calling off on this spot isn’t enjoyable, however while you play poorly and paint your self right into a nook, you need to stay sane and make the one viable play.

Hero referred to as, failed to enhance, and misplaced to J-J.

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