Poker: Three Bet Defence - Late Position vs Blinds
Three-betting out of the blinds is a very tricky play because, if you get called, you have to manage
the post-flop action from out of position.
So, when you are the recipient of one of these three-bets in poker single table tournaments,
you need to bear this in mind when
deciding what course of action to take.
There are some opponents who realise the risk they take when three-betting out of the blinds.
Consequently, they restrict their range and only three-bet for value.
With these types of players, it is important to four-bet with pocket aces and kings to give them a
chance to stack off with pocket queens and ace-king type hands.
If you were to get fancy and just call, then you may lose your customer if the board texture gets rough.
If the player in the blinds three-bets a little bit more liberally, then you can just call with your better hands.
This balances the times when you choose to call with some weaker hands. Against the maniacs,
you can just call down three streets with your premium hands irrespective of how scary the board
You will lose some pots, but if you have chosen your opponent wisely, you will win more than you lose.
With pocket aces and kings, it is often a good play to move all-in over the blinds c-bet on
a two-suited board.
After all, this is what you would likely do with your semi-bluffs and, once again, you are
balancing your play by acting in this way.
There are going to be times when your opponents are so clueless that balancing your play is overrated,
but it does you know harm to start getting your sub-conscious used to this way of thinking.