WPT GTO Trainer Hands of the Week: Attacking Late Position Opens
This week we’re playing a common spot in a cash game where you reraise on the Button against an open raise from the Cutoff seat and the Cutoff calls. As the preflop 3-bettor, the Villain will check to you on the vast majority of flops. You can generally follow up with a small continuation bet on most boards.
With potential multi-street value betting hands such as top pair good kicker, you should always pay close attention to how the turn and river cards can interact with Villain’s range. When the turn and/or river cards connect well with the Villain's range and make it difficult to get value from worse hands than your top pair, you should usually slow down in position and get to showdown.
You should generally fire again on the turn using a larger sizing when you hold 4 cards to a broadway straight. There are a couple reasons for this. The value of the draw itself allows you to include these hands in your semi bluffing range, which provides balance to your made hands. Also, these hands by definition have blockers to good one pair hands. For example, it’s hard for your opponent to have AK when you hold KQ on an AT56 board.
When your opponent check-raises on the flop and you call, you should be willing to check back on the turn with many hands that have reasonable amounts of equity and potential showdown value. You can sometimes extract more on the river by taking this line. If you bet the turn, Villain will often fold with the weak hands and bluffs in their range.
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