Originally Posted by okeedokalee
How about Regs?
My play would be 3 bet light when in position until they play back at you.Then become tighter, having created the image you are 3 betting light, wait for a strong hand out of position against the reg then 3bet hoping he will read you as still 3 betting light.
Most regs will have HoldemManager or PokerTracker HUDs running. They'll judge you not just by how you play against them but how you play on average, so while metagame situations often occur (if I've 3bet someone four times in a row that they've opened, they're almost certainly going to start getting pissed off) your "image" is mostly comprised of what you've done in the past, not what you've done this session.
But yes, exploiting how regs react to 3bets is important. Having good ranges for value and bluffs versus regs is imperative. Personally, I use something like this in position:
Vs reg who folds often to 3bets, opens in early position, doesn't 4bet much
For value: AA and KK.
Bluffs: All suited cards 9 and lower (e.g. 82s, 96s) that I don't want to flat for value (e.g. 98s), and offsuit connectors and one-gappers below 9 (e.g. 97o, 65o) and above 4.
Vs reg who folds often to 3bets, opens in early position, 4bets frequently
For value: QQ+,AK
Bluffs: Same as above.
Vs reg who calls 3bets often, doesn't 4bet much
For value: AJs+,AQo+,KQ,TT (but will fold to a 4bet), JJ+,AK (will shove versus 4bet)
Bluffs: Same as above, except I skip the offsuit hands.
Vs reg who calls 3bets often and 4bets frequently
For value: Same as immediately above, but will now shove AQs and TT versus a 4bet (still folding AQo and AJs)
Bluffs: Skipping the smaller suited hands (e.g. 52s), but rest of bluffrange stays in.
Note that I only use four classifications here and that guarantees that my ranges will be far from optimal versus many opponents. I wish I had the mental capacity to tailor my ranges to each and every possible value for their fold-to-3bet%, their 4bet-range%, etc. but I don't. So I use some vague estimates. I consider a "high" fold-to-3bet% to 60%+. I consider a "high" 4-bet-range% to be 2.5%+. I will, in other words, play very differently versus someone who folds to 3bets 59% of the time compared to someone who folds to 3bets 60% of the time, but that's the price I pay for not using finer classifications.