Originally Posted by Mr Sandbag
(My game of choice is $1/$2 NL live)
One part of my cash poker game that has always needed some work was preflop 3-betting. I never really got a good feel for when I should be 3-betting preflop aside from the obvious situation when I'm holding a premium hand. How often should I be preflop 3-betting light and when should I do it?
Should I be doing it when someone has raised and I intend to call from late position? Would it be more profitable to 3-bet and take control of the hand while in position rather than cold call with a less than premium hand?
Any tips on preflop 3-betting light in cash games would be appreciated.
its purely a case of watching the action, if you note that one player is opening quite alot to a standard 2.5 3x then you can obviously throw in the occasional 3-bet with the intention of barreling when in position if called with hands such as suited broadways/connecters etc, possibly unsuited broads, but in genural keep track of your 3-bets per hour and you can gain credit for them, thats the most important thing to have the right balance of 3-bets to avoid any suspicion good players will start calling most 3-bets / c-bets, and 3-betting more initial raises
when the stakes get higher its important to add another layer to your pre-flop game,
and start focusing on which players are re-stealing as it becomes standard and its within our best interest to put them to the test to maintain at around the top... we can possibly 4-bet a middle to late free-bet if the player is laggy and showing no sign of slowing down,
and also information we can get - so things like folded 3-bets and exposed 3-bets, in position 3-bets can be give less credit As these players are more skillful and will seldom 3-bet with the intent on gaining position in the flop.
at this point I will sometimes 4-bet or call to gain the button spot and use my position to force an error from one of the more agressive foes.
theirs no like right or wrong play, but as a general trait you find it usually goes the same way,
if the players are really observant you may be able to use it to your advantage also, its important to know when someone has clocked on to a strategy and then use a deceptive play such as only opening premiums from that spot for the rest of the session etc.