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Three-Betting: Hand Review

Daniel Negreanu

Lesson time 4:24 min

Using footage of a hand from an EPT Barcelona Super High Roller event, Daniel illustrates the importance of modifying your three-betting strategy when encountering resistance.

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INSTRUCTOR: The hand we're going to look at here takes place in Barcelona, and it represents a situation that you should find yourself in a decent amount. And it's going to involve a three-bet and a four-bet and how we react. And let's just play the hand, and we'll talk it through. ANNOUNCER 1: Actions been folded to Elky. ANNOUNCER 2: Who is a big sweetie. ANNOUNCER 1: Now on Reinkemeier. ANNOUNCER 2: Sweetie. ANNOUNCER 1: King-five, off suit. ANNOUNCER 2: You can tell even Tobias isn't crazy about raising this, but feels like he has to, or he'll ruin his street cred. ANNOUNCER 1: He does raise. And then raised to $6,000. Ace-10 for Daniel. ANNOUNCER 2: Daniel could very well three-bet here. I think, in position, he just flats, but in this spot, he'd probably rather get some folds than play too many pots out of position. INSTRUCTOR: So in a situation like this, you're going to find yourself often in the small blind against the button raise. Now one thing we understand about the button player, is the button player's range is far wider than everywhere else at the table. So the button may be opening in the neighborhood of 50% of hands, or some guys, even more so. And I know that Toby Reinkemeier is a pretty aggressive player, so he's going to have a wide range. Now the question is with a hand like ace-10 off suit, it doesn't play that well post-flop. It's not a hand that is connected or suited that, you know, could develop into something big. It is one of those hands where I'm definitely way ahead of Reinkemeier's range. And the question is not whether I'm going to fold it, but am I going to just call here, or take initiative in hand. And I decide, especially with my image against Reinkemeier that it makes sense for me to go ahead and take initiative. So I decide here to three-bet it to $18,000. ANNOUNCER 1: He three-bets from the small blind to $18,000. Steven Silverman has ace-jack suited in the big blind. ANNOUNCER 2: And this is probably right around the bottom of Steve's four-betting range. He could probably go either way here. He does have position on the three-better. ANNOUNCER 1: That is a four-bet, so $45k. Reinkemeier's out. INSTRUCTOR: So interesting decision here from Silverman, as you can see. So he is paying attention to what's developed here. Where the raises come from, what position, has a huge impact on how you play a hand. So for example, if in this situation, you know, Reinkemeier raised under the gun, and I'd reraised. Silverman's going to fold this hand. He's not even going to consider calling with a hand as strong as ace-jack suited. But because the raise came from the button, we know that's a wide range. Then, factor in my three-bet-- well, my three-bet doesn't have to be that strong either, because it's very clear that I could be taking advantage of a loose open from the button. So now Silverman can widen the range of hands that we have in this spot. So that ace-jack s...

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Why would you not call? It seems like you're getting a decent price, 27k to call for 72k pot against a range that you know is fairly large. Or would you put him on all hands better than A10? Would he not 4-bet in that situation with maybe JJ+ or be bluffing fairly often enough since button and small blind had large ranges to justify that call? I know you're out of position and the pot's huge but with nearly 3:1 if you hit your ace you might feel decent that he didn't hit or you beat a lower pocket pair and continue? Idk

Bearded M.

These hand reviews are the best part of this course. What I admire about this one is it’s obvious these aren’t all “look how awesome I am” Daniel shows hands he doesn’t win. Because sometimes the better part of valor is folding.

Igor O.

If Daniel's hand was TT, what would be the best option against a AJs ? Five-bet or still fold?

Erin A.

Very interesting. Hilarious that I've been playing poker for 10 years oblivious to ranges. No wonder I'm such a great bluffer lol


I love the willingness to share a hand where Daniel loses/has to fold. So important to recognize this aspect of the game. Sometimes giving up a hand is the right decision.