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3-bet. Aggression that brings profit

Become the master of 3-bet

Modern poker is tough and aggressive. Successful players use various techniques that boil down to demonstrating strength and taking control over the game. In fact, position and initiative at the table are what winning in poker is based on. Overall, the 3-bet is traditionally one of the strongest moves a player can make. It indicates a tight-aggressive style of the game.

And this is what we are going to talk about today. What does a 3-bet mean? What is it aimed for? Why and when to 3-bet?

What is 3-bet in poker?

3-bet means the act of putting in the third bet, technically the second “raise”, the “3-bet” during any given round of a game. Most often it's used pre-flop, but can be made on subsequent streets (the turn and river).


Single table SnG tournament, blinds 30/60.

The UTG player (suppose he holds AKo) raises 180 chips (standard raise of 3 big blinds).

All the opponents up to the button (BTN) fold.

The button (holding AA) re-raises 540 chips (9 BB) - this will be the 3-bet.
As a result, the UTG player folds.

This example is a classic 3-bet usage: hero had premium hand and position of open-raiser. Indeed, 3-bet usually means a strong hand and is made for value. The only exceptions are light 3-bets (later on we'll cover them in more detail).


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