LEAK OF THE WEEK: Calling 3Bets with Suited Connectors

Four Dogs

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BetOnline $0.1 NL (6 max) 97k hands
Raise Call 3! All Suited Connectors

HANDS = 224 -54.42 BB/100 :thumpdown

This is pretty bad but let's break this up between In position and Out of Position opportunities

OOP
HANDS = 88 -494.61 BB/100 :icon_puke
Holy Cow! How could I have let something like this go un noticed?
Please tell me IP is going to be better.

IP
HANDS = 136 +354.26 BB/100 32 BB/100 All-In Adj:):smile:

OK, this is good news but it still doesn't make up for all the times I bet and called OOP.
100k hands seems like it would be a good sample size but I am unable to derive any solid patterns Based on Position or Hand Strength other than to say that JT or better seems to be a solid winner form any position. Based on these results I recommend continuing against a 3! In any position with any SC.

How about OOP. Should we just fold anything other than AKs to a 3!? Well, the answer is pretty much Yeah, just fold or 4!

HAND TIMES WON BB/100
KQs 5 -$4.57 -914
QJs 9 -$15.01 -789
JTs 7 +13.79 +1970
T9s 9 -$8.79 - 977
98s 8 +$5.25 +656
87s 8 -$16.64 -2080
76s-32s are all big losers

CONCLUSION
When facing a 3! after raising you should mostly continue when In Position and Mostly Fold when Out Of Position. In my case I lost at a rate of ~700BB/100 or about $57 over 96k hands by calling 3!'s OOP. I probably won't cut it completely out of my diet but I will be more discriminating in the future probably reserving this play for only the laggiest opponents.
 
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224 hands seems like a pretty small sample size but I agree that frequently calling 3-bets with suited connectors at the micros is a leak. I would only do it when we are IP and we've been 3-bet by a very aggressive player. I think microstakes rake is a big issue with these hands since a lot of their EV gets realized during the rare times they make a flush/straight and win a huge pot which is where rake hurts us the most.
 
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To play small pps and suited connectors, it's best to be very deep stacked and try to see the flop as cheaply as possible.

9T suited looks good on the surface, but it's usually behind on the flop when facing a raise. And then you're paying up to chase the draw.
 
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