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The second entry in our beginner poker strategy series Poker Power Moves is the light three-bet, an effective way to pick up chips in cash games and tournaments even when you can’t pick up a hand. Light three-betting is when you think a player is raising before the flop with a weak hand, and you re-raise him with a hand you’d normally fold.
To three bet light successfully you have to remember these three things:
#1: Look for players who are playing too loose and aggressive and opening lots of pots. It’s even more likely that they’re weak if they’re raising when it’s folding to them in late position.
#2: Three-betting light from the blinds is a common play but it’s even better to do it when you have position on your opponent since you’ll keep that position for the rest of the hand if he calls.
#3: Don’t three-bet light with easily dominated hands like weak aces because you’ll get stuck in tricky spots after the flop if they call. Instead, three-bet light with sneakier hands like suited connectors.
Three-betting light is so effective because you’re exploiting a common mistake, playing too loose and aggressive before the flop. A lot of intermediate players automatically raise when it folds to them in late position, but they don’t know what to do when they get re-raised. This move is especially important in tournaments when the blinds and antes are getting big.
Players will be going after the dead money and they’ll be opening too many pots with weak hands. By three-betting light in the right spots, you can chip up without having to pick up a big hand. Visit PokerListings.com, the all-in poker guide.
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