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Poker Coaching Hand Quiz: Getting Max Value From A Full House

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Feb 09, 2022


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Key Concept: Getting Max Value From A Full House

You are eight-handed in a $5,000 buy-in online tournament with 350-700 blinds. You are the table’s big stack with 104,434 chips. The under-the-gun player raises to 1,540 out of their 12,182 stack. It folds around to you on the button with KClub Suit KDiamond Suit.

Question 1: Should you fold, call, three-bet to 3,200, or three-bet to 4,000?

Answer: In this spot, a three-bet would induce the initial raiser to fold out all of their junk, which you want to keep in the pot. While your pocket kings will get outdrawn some portion of the time (especially when an ace flops), a three-bet will usually force your opponent to play well. Calling with hands like pocket aces and kings protects your calling range and allows you to call with a slightly wider range of speculative hands in the future such as K-9 suited or 10-8 suited. 

You elect to call and everyone else folds. The flop comes AHeart Suit ASpade Suit KSpade Suit and your opponent checks.

Question 2: Should you check, bet 1,600, bet 3,200, or bet 4,800?

Answer: Thinking about what your opponent is likely to have on this board, they either have an ace that will pay you off no matter what or an unlikely king that you can get value from on the turn and river. Underpairs like Q-Q, 8-8, or 4-4 will likely call a flop bet, but then fold to bets on the turn or river. While not the recommended decision, a bet in this spot should be on the small side as it will encourage the opposing player to call with worse hands such as K-Q and 9-9. That said, when you are not concerned with being outdrawn, it is almost always best to check with your nut hands because you really want to keep your opponent in the pot. 

You check. The turn is the 5Heart Suit and your opponent bets 2,055 (42% pot).

Question 3: Should you fold, call, three-bet to 5,000, or go all-in?

Answer: Many players make the mistake of going all-in even though it does not make strategic sense. The ideal play is to keep your opponent in the pot with their flush draws and pairs that will fold to a shove. If your opponent has an ace, they will get all-in by the river, so you should not be concerned with them. Calling keeps your opponent in the pot and gives them a chance to play for the rest of their chips on the river if they feel inclined.

You call. The river is the 3Diamond Suit and your opponent bets 5,160 (57% pot).

Question 4: Should you fold, call, or go all-in?

Answer: This is an easy decision because you lose to almost nothing. While you can’t beat pocket A-A, A-K, A-5 suited, and A-3 suited, there are substantially more hands in your opponent’s range that you do beat with your full house. The time has come to put your opponent all-in and make them play for the rest of their chips.

You go all-in. Your opponent quickly calls with AClub Suit JDiamond Suit, giving you a nice pot.

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