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KQs light 3-bet / squeeze from BB against LP raise and SB call - Sat Dec 14, 2013, 01:12 PM
Max_Kane's Avatar
Since: Nov 2013
Posts: 48
Hello again, folks!

The other day I posted a hand here and one of you guys referred me to a Poker Bites video where the concept of 3-betting light. In one of the examples, the pro member who was explaining the concept had KJ from the SB and was facing a raise from MP and a call from LP and he elected to 3-bet from the blinds, making a squeeze play.

In this hand, I found myself in a similar situation. There was a raise from LP, which I reckon implies a wide range of hands villain could have (no reads on either one) and a call from the SB and I was on the BB with KQs. The squeeze play worked perfectly, but I was wondering 2 things: 1- was my raise amount correct? and 2- what would I have to do facing a 4-bet? I'm guessing fold, but not sure. Anyway, here's the hand:

Any tips would be welcome. Thanks!

Last edited by Max_Kane; Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 01:15 PM..
Sat Dec 14, 2013, 03:33 PM
spand42's Avatar
Since: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,496
I like it! The squeeze was nice and big which should get everyone to fold. You shouldn't do this play too often, but every now and then it works like a treat!

When you squeeze, you should nearly always fold to a 4Bet (unless you have premiums of course)
Sat Dec 14, 2013, 03:37 PM
GarethC23's Avatar
Since: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,273
hey Max_Kane

interesting spot! I think this is a situation where both calling and three-betting are going to be money-making situations for us. So some things we might want to consider is how often we are four-bet and how well our opponents play after the flop. I think if they play badly after the flop, that's probably a good argument to call, because then we are guaranteed to see the flop with them.

Similarly if they are going to be four-betting often, we will not get to see a flop in those cases either. And this is a suited-high-card hand that I want to see the flop with. I want to see if those pretty diamonds come out, if I make top pair, or flop a straight draw.

So we can see the power of a squeeze here, we pick up the money without resistance when they both fold. But those are some other things I would consider as well.
Sat Dec 14, 2013, 04:03 PM
ArtySmokesPS's Avatar
Since: Oct 2011
Posts: 7,353
With KQ offsuit, a squeeze would make more sense I think, but KQs is strong enough to see a flop with, as it plays very well multiway. (It's also my favourite hand ). I don't want to get blown off such a great hand if a villain comes over the top with a 4-bet, so in this spot I'd almost always just call.
The idea with light 3-bets is that you often make them with hands that are not good enough to call with.

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Sat Dec 14, 2013, 05:00 PM
Danutz75's Avatar
Since: Oct 2013
Posts: 273
Hi Max,

Some good advice already, but if I am going to be 'nit picky' I wouldn't personally call this a squeeze play. The traditional style squeeze would need more players in the pot, and the betting starting from earlier positions, and also a larger raise, but guess I may be old fashioned.

Since the topic is up though I would just like to add a few points as been vital, but often overlooked.

There are 2 main points to highlight:

1, Your perceived table image. Squeeze plays are great, and there is a definite buzz about putting in a big bet and making 3 or 4 players fold, some of whom may have been way ahead of us. However unless you have worked over a decent number of hands to build up your table image up it just will not work. If you have been active in a short space of time then a squeeze just looks the same as a raise. This is also a reason not to try a squeeze with players in the hand with whom you have no history, especially at micro stakes.

2, Do not try and squeeze if the original limpers/raises are calling stations and hyper active players. Again this is where histories and note taking are vital. By definition calling stations are unlikely to fold, and when they look down at their ace-five off they always seem to find a feeling of SuperMan and their instinct tells them they will win Unless you are super deep and prepared to triple barrel do not get involved, and even then triple barreling becomes a massive leak unless you hit the board pretty hard.

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