Given that big pairs aren’t frequently dealt, maximizing promising opportunities is crucial. One method to optimize chances is by 3-betting pre-flop with robust hands. For clarity, a 3-bet occurs when a player raises pre-flop, which is then met with another raise (3-bet). Ideally, this move is executed as a value bet, implying our hand should surpass our opponent’s range that would persist.

Efficiently utilizing a 3-betting strategy allows us to construct substantial pots with our mightiest hands, subsequently enhancing both pre-and post-flop profits over an extended period. Being ahead of the opponent’s range, regardless of whether they call our 3-bet or 4-bet, is beneficial. Illustratively, if we, being in mid position, are dealt AA in a $1/$2 NLH game and a raise to $6 occurs, responding with a 3-bet, typically between $18-$24, is common. Considering our opponent’s range, AA is likely ahead, therefore building the pot anticipates additional value. The propensity for opponents to make ‘loose’ pre-flop raises enhances our value if they proceed with inferior hands when faced with action.

If our 3-bet prompts a fold, we secure a modest pot – not the worst outcome. When it leads to a call or 4-bet, the pot intensifies to our benefit. Occasionally, we might 3-bet higher against active or inexperienced players who disregard bet sizing and range concepts. When such players focus solely on their cards, we must exploit this by betting profusely to continually extract maximal value as the hand unfolds.

With AA and KK, maximizing value via 3-betting is sensible since these hands frequently lead and clinch more pots than the opponent’s range. However, navigating lower starting hand rankings with a 3-betting strategy might prove challenging. Profitable opportunities persist, particularly against unacquainted opponents, but a less potent hand warrants reduced justification in 3-betting. Our tactical aim might differ; for instance, with QQ, while we might be willing to engage post-flop if an opponent persists after our 3-bet, we’d ideally claim the pot immediately.

Conclusion of 3 betting big pairs

Implementing a pre-flop 3-bet strategy is vital for any seasoned player, especially when dealt high-value pairs like Aces and Kings. Seeking value with such premium starting hands and accordingly building the pot is purely logical since we’ll frequently lead the opposition’s continuing range. With smaller pairs, the case for 3-betting weakens, with our decision potentially swayed more by external factors, and our goal may also shift towards securing a small pot whilst being prepared to defend it should opponents proceed to the Flop.

Good luck at the tables!

Author: AngusD
last updated 09.10.2023