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Analyzing Options Against a Compulsive Three-Bettor

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Jun 08, 2009


During the first-annual Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars recently, I played this hand with David “Bakes” Baker. There isn’t anything really special about the hand per se, except that I royally screw it up, but I’m going to use it to draw out some concepts of things we can do to deal with aggressive players to our left who three-bet us often preflop. The Situation SCOOP $300 + $22 MHE (mixed hold’em) event. I had been having a tough time at my table. I was in seat 1, and David Baker was in seat 3. Bakes was the biggest preflop aggressor, having three-bet nearly 80 percent of my open-raises in my short stay at this table. Preflop With 150-300 blinds and a 40 ante, playing no-limit hold’em, everyone folds to me, with 15,265 in chips, on the button, and I make it 828 with the A 10. ...

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