Interesting read about range manipulation earlier, thoughts?
You have an opponent who opens 30% from button and you have AJo in the BB. Well against his opening range AJo has 58% equity. Now if you 3-bet he'll 4-bet his strong hands, QQ+, AK and you have to fold. Also he can throw you off wha tcould be the best hand with a bluff as you can't call here and he knows it. He will flat with a fairly closed range of strong hands, lets say KQ,JJ-88, AQ, AJs, now you've got <50% equity against this range and it's going to be hard to play post flop. Instead of betting flatting is an option so you leave your opponents range super wide and our range has him dominated now.
I'd say this more applies to higher micro players. Lowest limits people don't like folding once they have put money in the pot. Higher limits you'll get pushed around a lot but I definitely think it has merit at 10NL and 25NL. At 2NL and 5NL you can 3-bet for value. Against the right opponents at 10NL I think this can definitely work. All you accomplish by 3-betting is folding out worse and being called by better, which turns our hand into a bluff. We may as well take a hand that makes us no money and 3-bet rather than a hand where our highest ev route comes from flatting. I've always advocated every time I enter a pot it's with a raise. Reading this though it did make a lot on sense about why I don't need to brainlessly 3-bet AJo against somebody with a wide opening range. Any thoughts on this? Could be a mega old theory but I've only jsut stumbled across so apologies if it is.
Downsides to this is no initiative and having to play the rest of the hand OOP. How about in a CO V Button type situation?