Poker Strategy -- Second Hand Low With Matt Lessinger
An Old Play That's Making A Comeback
Here’s a preflop scenario that comes up frequently in no-limit hold’em cash games: Player A raises from middle position. Player B calls to his left. Player C is in late position and puts in a reraise, and the action is folded back around to Player A. We will assume that they are all somewhat knowledgeable players, and that none of them is overly loose or tight.
Everyone in this hand could have a fairly wide range. Player A might have raised because he was the first one into the pot and had a playable hand such as K-J or 5-5, but it’s certainly possible that he has pocket aces or kings and just happened to be first in. Player C might have reraised with a marginal hand because he was attempting a squeeze play, but likewise it’s possible that he has pocket aces or kings and just happened to be in a good reraising position.
Player B is the one whose range should typically be the weakest. He specifically chose not to reraise and isolate the player to his right, which usually is a sign of a speculative hand. With a strong hand, we can assume that he would usually want to get heads-up in position with Player A, rather than let other players in behind him for a relatively cheap price.
Given that Player B flat-called and Player C reraised, if Player A folds, then Player B will usually….
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