February 07, 2021
This week we’re focused on a typical tournament spot where you are out of position against a tough opponent on the flop after you were the preflop aggressor.
Automatically continuation-betting or “c-betting” heads up against less-skilled opponents is often the best play. However, against tougher players you’ll need to focus on how ranges interact and know which types of flops favor the preflop caller more than the preflop aggressor.
Typically, flops containing Ace and King high cards favor the preflop aggressor, while middle to high connected flops tend to favor the preflop caller.
When deciding whether to c-bet against a tough opponent, make sure to pay attention to board texture and which range it favors. When you are out of position against a tough opponent, you must recognize that they will put pressure on you when the flop favors their range. As a result, you should often check when out of position on those types of flops.
Your checking range should be balanced, so it must include some strong and medium strong hands as well as hands that missed the flop.
In addition, it’s important to know which turn cards you might be able to profitably fire a second bullet on. You can often fire a turn second bullet on scare cards such as an Ace, King, or Queen which are overcards to the flop, cards that give you a draw, as well as when you make top pair or better.
If there are no turn cards on which it makes sense for you to bet again, you may not want to c-bet the flop.
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