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Three Bet Defence in Poker

You will be battered more often than a piece of cod in poker live tournaments so it is important to learn how to soak it up. One form of battering comes in the shape of the three bet; here are some tips on how to defend against such a volley.

 

 

Three Bet Defence in Poker

Select any great poker player and slice them open; you will find strata of aggression. But dig a little deeper and you will also find a strong defence. Peek underneath those spindly fingers of yours, and you will see garbage more often that you will see gold. 

You will be battered more often than a piece of cod in poker live tournaments so it is important to learn how to soak it up. One form of battering comes in the shape of the three-bet; here are some tips on how to defend against such a volley. 

Here is an example taken from the online poker tips page: You are playing in a $1/2 six-max cash game and all of the players have full stacks. The action folds to you in the cutoff and you open to $6, the button and small blind folds, but the big blind three-bets to $18. 

If your opponent is of the tight variety and you do not hold a premium hand, then your three-bet strategy is extremely simple: you fold. Yes, the very best players in the world are the best because they can fold better than anyone else. 

If you look down to see a pocket pair, do not try to set mine because you do not have the requisite pot odds. 

If your opponent is of the loose variety then you have to remember that you cannot call for implied odds alone. The vast majority of the time you nail a big hand, he won’t be holding much more than the insides of a balloon. 

One way to exploit this type of player is to move all-in. The three-bettor has a very wide range and will be folding often enough for you to show a profit. Alternatively, you can make a small four-bet with a view to folding to a five-bet all-in.

 



Last Updated 16 May 2014
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Three Bet Defence in Poker