This is a discussion on 3-betting strategy on cash games. within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; 3-betting is something I normally only do when I have AK, JJ, QQ, KK, AA but should I expand that range?
I can't help thinking
3-betting is something I normally only do when I have AK, JJ, QQ, KK, AA but should I expand that range?
I can't help thinking that cash games would be more profitable if I were to 3-bet any hand I would ordinarily open-raise with, but maybe that is stupid thinking that will get me into trouble?
I'm tired of the sheer number of 4-way (plus) pots I end up involved in after flat calling 3BB with a reasonable/marginal hand that ends up completely dominated by a hand that, perhaps, wouldn't have called a 3-bet to begin with.
I realise I'm kind of answering my own question, but since I admit I'm relatively inexperienced I'd rather throw it out there for you ladies and gents to tell me what your thoughts are.
Will players get frustrated if someone keeps 3-betting them? Would this in turn be a good or bad thing?
3-betting is something I'm quite keen to expand on.
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Without writing my own article about the topic, I'll help you the best I can.
I play mostly 6max so I have a wider range of hands that I'll three bet since the three tightest positions are gone.
First, think of who is raising, is she tight or loose, passive or aggressive? What position did she raise from and what is her range from that position? Once you have those questions answered let's move on.
When you first get into three betting, most people have a pretty tight range like you. Let's make a range for you from the cutoff or button that you can start with.
KQs, KQo (sometimes, be careful though you don't want to start playing too many off suit Broadway connectors)
Let's add a few more hands that can crush flops or give you range advantage against OOP opponents. I would start with a few suited connectors, 67s-j10s.
If you're uncomfortable with those ranges, eliminate a couple of the suited aces like aj, a10 and AJo, AQo and J10s, 67s. You really don't have to 3 bet any of the small suited connectors if you aren't comfortable.
Just start incorporating some more hands into your 3 bet range as you play.
Three betting from the blinds is also important but your post flop strategy is going to change. Check raising your really strong hands instead of leading out does three things. You get to maximize your value and you get to put your opponent in a very tough spot while protecting your checking range.
Start with small additions to your 3b range then expand upon them add you get comfortable. Hope that helps!