Preflop Considerations; 66 on the button
6-max, 100BB effective stacks, folded to CO who makes it 4BB. I have 6-6 on the button.
Folding is out of the question. What parameters should I consider when I decide whether to 3-bet or call? Or is it always
a clear 3-bet or always
a clear call?
My own thoughts on it:
3-betting is never for value. It's true that I will often have the best hand in this situation, but it will usually be vs. two overcards, so I'm mostly a coinflip. Some of the time, those two overcards will be an overpair, in which case I'm a huge dog. So when I 3-bet, it's because I'm trying to accomplish one of two things:
1. Get fold equity from overcard hands that are actually coinflips vs. me. When they give up preflop, it's +EV for me.
2. Get fold equity on later streets. I will often win the pot with a follow-up continuation bet.
As an added bonus, the pot will be nicely padded the times I really do flop a set.
But all these nice things apart, it can't be always a clear 3-bet. Versus a nit, 3-betting accomplishes little except losing more and forfeiting equity when I'm forced to fold to a 4-bet. Versus an opponent who's very loose, raising is also probably not the best alternative, since I do not reap the benefit of fold equity, and so I'm really just cutting down my own implied odds
. In fact, I think a pretty good argument could be made for forfeiting all fold equity in exchange for wanting
to play him in position with a pocket pair, because I will get so heftily paid off when I hit a set that the 4BB I stand to win now are dwarfed in comparison.
So it seems my best case is to 3-bet a slightly careful regular type player. Someone who folds enough, but doesn't 4-bet bluff often.
By calling, though, I'm also opening myself up for being squeezed by the blinds, if either of them are aggressive. Also, I need to balance calling with pocket pairs by calling some other hands. What other hands? Suited connectors? Occasionally slowplaying AA to see if I can induce a squeeze by one of the blinds (I've never done that, but now that I think about it, it sounds like fun)?
Etc. Thoughts, please.