Hey, guys. This is Mike1013 for Flop Turn
River. In my last video, I discussed how weﾒre going to react against players who fold to
a lot of 3-bets, and the answer was to 3-bet monster hands, and also 3-bet a wide range
of bluffy hands that you cannot cold call with.
In this video, Iﾒm going to examine how weﾒre going to react against players who
continue to a lot of 3-bets, especially players who continue by calling with a wide range.
Now, it seems to me that a large category of players who call 3-bets a lot are not very
good players. Theyﾒre fish. Theyﾒre calling stations. They just have a hand they like,
and theyﾒre going to proceed. Almost, no matter what you do, they want to see the flop,
and see if they can get lucky, or see if their handﾒs best.
Against these types of players, youﾒll want to 3-bet hands that are favored against the
range that they have for continuing to the 3-bet, and you want to have almost no bluffing
range at all. This means that youﾒre going to be 3-betting hands that you might not 3-bet
against a more competent opponent, things like pocket tens, or Ace-Jack suited, that
perhaps are better played for a cold call against players who fold a lot to 3-bets,
are, in fact, very fine hands to 3-bet for value, against a player whoﾒs going to be
continuing with even worse hands. When you do identify a player with these tendencies,
that is, he likes to call a lot of 3-bets, and is, in general, a calling station, you
can size up the size of your 3-bet a little bit. You donﾒt need to restrict yourself
to a 3x, or even 3.5x 3-bet. If you make it 4x, and you think heﾒll call, or a 4.5x,
and you think heﾒll call, thatﾒs just more value from your hands, which beat his
range. Now, the kind of range that weﾒre going
to be betting against these players, that is a range with monsters, with good hands,
and with some okay, but not great hands. It is often referred to as a depolarized range,
or a merged range. You may be wondering, however, if weﾒre expanding our value 3-betting range,
and donﾒt really have a 3-bet bluffing range, doesnﾒt that make our hand transparent?
Doesnﾒt our opponent know exactly what weﾒre doing?
Well, not really, if heﾒs a fish. Against competent regs, though, who are continuing
to a lot of your 3-bets, you are going to want to have some bluffs in your merged 3-betting
range. Now, why would a reg continue to a lot of your 3-bets? Well, thereﾒs several
reasons. Some regs just feel comfortable playing in 3-bet pots, and donﾒt have a problem
calling 3-bets. Other regs, if youﾒve already bluffed them, or just 3-bet them a few times,
are going to get suspicious, and they might decide to start calling against your 3-bets.
Another thing that induces regs to call more 3-bets is if they have position on you, so
when youﾒre out of position, and theyﾒre on the button, letﾒs say, they might be
induced to call more of your 3-bets than they otherwise would. Once youﾒve identified
a reg, who, for whatever reason, is calling a lot of your 3-bets, you can, most of the
time, add a few bluffs into your merged 3-betting range.
Now, the hands you decide to do this with should tend to flop decently well, and not
be horribly dominated against your opponentﾒs range. Something like 10-7 suited, or maybe,
9-8 off-suit, or Ace-7 suited, basically hands that arenﾒt quite good enough to cold call,
but still have some decent chances post-flop, in case you do get a call. You want to stay
away from disconnected off-suit hands, like Ace-6 off, or broadways that are easily dominated,
like King-10 off-suit. This is different from the range we were using to 3-bet polarized
against guys who fold to 3-bets a lot. There are a couple of reasons for this difference.
First, blockers donﾒt really matter that much when youﾒre up against an opponent
whoﾒs going to be calling a lot. No matter what blockers you have, his range is sufficiently
wide that you arenﾒt going to be inducing him to fold enough, that you can make an instant
profit on your 3-bet. This first reason is related to the second reason why you donﾒt
like these junky, disconnected hands, which is that heﾒs calling a lot, so youﾒre
going to have to play a lot of flops, so you want to have the chance to flop very good
equity, or make a monster, or hit a board that he doesnﾒt expect is in your range.
Now, youﾒre relying on a combination of fold equities to make these bluffs plus EV,
the initial fold equity of your 3-bet, and the post-flop equity of boards that youﾒre
going to C-bet, so the amount of bluffs you can get away with depends a lot on your opponentﾒs
tendencies. If you arenﾒt sure, itﾒs probably best not to have many of these types of bluffs
in your range. So, thatﾒs an overview of 3-betting a merged
range, when, and why, and how you should do it. Now, I realize, my last couple of videos
have been a bit light on example hand histories, so Iﾒve made a video consisting solely of
example hand histories, illustrating many of these 3-betting points that Iﾒve been
talking about. Be sure to check it out. Later, guys.