3-bet defense in MTTs
Here are my thoughts on defending vs a 3-bet after opening a hand in an MTT. Feel free to add others.
How weak is opponents range? What flop is suitable for me to defend profitably, how often do I get this flop?
Will my opponent go nuts betting when I hit the board and make me fold?
The big question:
Can I defend this hand profitably against this opponent for this price at this stack depth at this portion of tournament?
Usually not for me. I defend too wide and give little respect to 3-bets. Gaining chips is less important than not losing chips in the tourney.
Do the math, think about opponents 3- bet range. If you have some KJs or QJ or QK you are so often dominated.
Same for rag aces, you can only call hoping they have a pocket pair weaker than AA, and then they give up so often on flops with an over card. There are very few combos of pps in the first place so you are most often dominated and losing against their range which includes so many combinations of stronger aces.