How Should We Play Against 3-Bets

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In this post, we are going to look at how we are going to react to getting 3-Bet. It can be a tough spot to know whether we should continue or give up when we face this pre-flop aggression, so let’s have a plan in store for how we will treat these spots in general from now on…

We are going to want to give up with around 50% of our hands, this way we won’t be over-defending. Most of our give-ups are going to be any offsuit combinations that we have found a raise with as these will play more poorly and lower value suited connectors hit the muck because these types of hands can be easily dominated.

As for the other 50% of our hands, we will want to divide these up with 4-Bet Bluffs which we can take from the bottom of the hands we want to continue with, calls from our pocket pairs and higher suited connectors and broadway combos, then we will want to have a 4-Betting for value range which will just be our monster hands.

plan for getting 3-betThis is what our general continuing plan against 3-Bets looks like with regards to as a range, we are looking at a rough opening range from the Cut-Off position which will include the top 32% of hands.

One thing worth noting is that we won’t want to 4-Bet every time we have A2s-A8s but these are some of the best hand to 4-Bet Bluff with a small amount of the time.

4 bet plan
We will look to migrate these ranges if we are facing larger or smaller 3-Bets from the Villian

Let’s say we only face a 2.5x raise from the Villian from the Big Blind when we raised the Button, we can profitably defend way more hands profitably, so we will want to only be folding in spots like this with the bottom 30% of our range, so we can easily add in calls with our hands like.

The same goes for migrating these ranges to larger bet sizings, let’s say we face a huge 4x 3-Bet then folding around 60% of our hands will be a more suitable adjustment. The reason for this is that a larger sizing is going to be more weighted towards strength.

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