I discuss mental game control strategies and post-flop 3bet pot strategies to help you plug the leak of losing money when calling 3bets.
In episode 182, I answered multiple Q’s about turbo MTT’s, Harrington’s M, folding strong hands and more.
Mental Game Control (1:55)
- Calling out of spite. You hate this opponent, you’re tired of his 3bets and you don’t want to fold or 4bet.
- Over–reliance on position. You justify making a call because you’ll have post-flop position, and you think you can find a way to use this to your advantage.
- You’re tired or distracted. This causes you to miss the fact that calling is a -EV decision.
- Calling with hope instead of making the +EV decision. You call with a set-mining hand, knowing that the pot odds are “bad” for this type of hand. Or, you’ve got a pretty hand that can flop miracles like K5s flopping a flush or 68 flopping a straight.
- Not wanting to adjust open raising ranges. You’re not adjusting to the table. Sticking too rigidly to your open raising ranges when it’s not profitable to do so is a -EV, unthinking strategy.
4-Steps to Correcting Your Mental Game Issues (3:35)
Step 1: Awareness
Step 2: Plan
- Are you going to avoid specific hands?
- Are you going to force yourself to follow your ranges?
- Will you plan a response to a 3bet before you open raise?
- Are you going to take a breath and think before every button click?
- 22-66 – fold unless the pot odds are insanely good and there are 20x implied odds behind
- A2s-A9s – 4bet bluff with A3s and A4s, fold the rest
- K7s-KTs – 4bet bluff with KTs, fold the rest
- 54s-87s – fold
- 64s-QTs – 4bet bluff 86s, fold the rest
Step 3: Focus and Execute
Step 4: Assess
Post-flop in 3bet Pots (8:25)
4 Important Aspects of 3bet Pots
1. Your Capped Range and the Opponent’s Range
2. The Board
3. The Opponent’s Play
4. Your Position
- Fold – this is the most common line you’ll take. When the flop gives you 0 or little equity, and you can’t see future bluffs working too well, this is your best option.
- Call – this is a valid play when the pot odds you’re being offered make it a +EV decision to stay in with draws or some made hand equity.
- Raise – this is the least common play you’ll make, but it can be extremely profitable for both bluffs and value raises. Gauge the situation carefully because you’re committing many more chips due to the size of the 3bet pot. If going for value, you want to know your opponent can continue with worse. If bluffing, you want to know that they can fold better.
- Bet – when your 3betting opponent indicates weakness by checking the flop (for example, holding AK on 974), betting can often take it down.
- Check–fold – this will be the most common line you’ll take.
- Check–call – fine to do if the pot odds being offered make it worth the price to continue (beware of being OOP on the turn and river as well).
- Check–raise – everyone check-raises for value with sets and 2p hands, so you can balance your c/r range by adding some bluffs here.
- Donk bet – betting out before your opponent has the chance to act. This can throw them off their game, but I don’t recommend it. If you had a value hand, you’re likely c/r, right? So, balance your c/r range with value and bluffs.
- Probe the next street (or stab) – this is betting on a street after the opponent checked-behind on the prior street. They showed weakness, and you’re taking the opportunity to bluff them or go for value.
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