Here are the questions, answers, and explanations from our 3-Betting Concepts Quiz.
Question #1. You are playing against a player who almost always 4-bets or folds against a 3-bet and rarely calls. Should you use a linear or polarized 3-betting range?
Explanation: Against this type of player, you really don’t want to 3-bet and get 4-bet when you’re holding hands that want to see a flop. So, use the top of your range as a 3-bet/call (or 5-bet) to the 4-bet, and use bluffs that don’t mind 3-bet/folding.
Question #2. The LJ, a massive calling station, opens to 2.5x and you are in the CO. Should you use a linear or polarized range?
Explanation: When your opponent is going to call too often, especially from out-of-position, this is a great time to 3-bet a linear range. Hands like ATs and KQs become powerful enough to 3-bet for value because you will get to play against a calling station from in-position with a large range advantage. Easy game!
Question #3. You are playing in a $1/$2 cash game, CO ($200 effective) raises to $15 and you are on the BTN with KK. What 3-bet size should you use?
Explanation: Generally, you want to use a 3x 3-bet size from in-position. If stacks were shallower, you could 3-bet a bit smaller and if they were deeper, you could 3-bet a bit larger.
Question #4. Generally, how much of your stack can you invest with a 3-bet bluff and still fold to a 4-bet?
Explanation: 1/3. Generally, if 1/3 of your stack is invested, you will likely be pot committed unless your hand is absolute trash. To combat this, if a 3-bet is going to be over 1/3 of your stack, you should just go all-in, reducing your opponent’s strategic options to just calling or folding.
Question #5. When I am in-position, I should use a larger 3-bet size compared to when I 3-bet from out-of-position.
Explanation: When you are out of position, you want to use a larger 3-bet size to dis-incentivize your opponent from calling. This is because playing post-flop from out of position will cause you to under-realize your equity whereas when you are in position you will likely over-realize your equity.
Question #6. You are in the BB with 25bb and the CO raises. Which hand is a better hand to use as a 3-bet bluff?
Explanation: At this stack depth, always think about blockers and equity realization. Holding a K reduces the amount of Kx hands in the opponent’s RFI range by 25%. It also has very poor equity realization from out of position if played as a call. Bonus Info: A hand like K6o only realizes about 70% of its equity when played out of position, whereas A5s actually over-realizes its equity at this stack depth! So, it would not be good to 3-bet/fold A5s. Use A5s as a call, and off-suit blocker hands as your 3-bet bluffs!
Question #7. You are playing $2/$5 with $500 effective. You are in the BB and the CO raises. Which hand is a better hand to use as a 3-bet bluff?
Explanation: At this stack depth, you should be thinking about post-flop playability. K7o is difficult to play from out of position against CO’s continuing range, whereas 76s flops well enough and gives you great board coverage on middle card flops. All of your off-suit junky hands like K7o should just be folded, and your 3-bets should be with hands with good post-flop playability.
Question #8. As stacks get deeper, I should use a (smaller/larger) 3-bet size.
Explanation: Ask stacks get deeper, use larger 3-bet sizes to diminish the opponent’s implied odds, making it tougher for them to call with the weaker hands that want to see a flop.
Question #9. As my 3-betting range becomes more linear, I should generally use a slightly (smaller/larger) sizing.
Explanation: When using a linear range, your range will usually not mind getting called as often, compared to when you use a polar range. A smaller raise size will lead to your opponents calling more, so when you have a linear range, use a slightly smaller size.
Question #10. As the opener’s range gets wider, you should be 3-betting (more/less) frequently.
Explanation: As the open comes from later positions, you should be looking to attack their weaker range by 3-betting more often. When someone opens from UTG with a tight range, you should not be looking to get too out of line.
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