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Three-Betting Preflop - Part I

The whys and wherefores of this strategy

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Apr 16, 2010


When I started playing limit hold’em years ago, most people three-bet before the flop only with aces and kings. The game was less aggressive then, and the initial raiser typically held a good hand. To three-bet, you needed a much better one, and A-A and K-K were thought to be the only two that qualified. Increasingly, players now reraise preflop with a much wider variety of hands. In my book Advanced Limit Hold’em Strategy, I recommend a very aggressive reraising style in select circumstances as a method of confusing the opposition, creating dead money, gaining extra action on your better hands, and, ultimately, making more money. Greater aggression naturally increases your volatility. Occasionally three-betting with hands that others would either call or fold will give you larger swings and require both a larger bankroll and a positive attitude toward the long run. This discussion will analyze the whys and wherefores ...

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