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Heads Up With James Mackey

Three-Betting When Short- and Deep-Stacked

by Kristy Arnett |  Published: Oct 30, 2009


James Mackey is a 23-year-old poker professional with lifetime tournament winnings that exceed $3 million. After spending two years at the University of Missouri, he dropped out of the pre-med program to pursue poker full time. In his short career as a professional, he’s won a World Series of Poker bracelet (in the 2007 $5,000 no-limit hold’em event), finished second in the WSOP $10,000 world championship mixed event in 2008, and won an event in the 2007 Poker Stars World Championship of Online Poker. Mackey’s online name is “,” and he’s known for his ultra-aggressive play. He recently sat down with Card Player TV to discuss three-betting when short- and deep-stacked. Kristy Arnett: What are you considering when three-betting someone? James Mackey: I’d say the number-one thing I consider before I three-bet is the type of opponent I’m playing. How often is he opening? Also, how often is he four-betting? ...

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