So you play poker in microstakes and well the aggression is minimal. Occasionally you'll have a maniac 3-betting nearly every hand but that is so rare you are basicly praying to hold AA KK QQ when you see him pop on your table.

However when you grind your way up in buy'in level you notice the athmosphere change. The average player will be 3-betting you way more often on the BTN, SB and BB. This makes a lot of sense, because on the BTN your opponant will play the pot in position. And on the SB/BB your opening range on the BTN is very often so wide you don't really want to call.

Either way when you first join those tables it feels like yuo get 3-bet so often they are just tossing you around and showing 0 respect. Imagine even playing zoom... Your mind will automatically save all the 3-bets and ignore the normal situation as if you get 3bet every single hand. That is the same as when you're AA get cracked compared to when they don't. You only remember special outstanding situations. This makes the 3-bet info not realistic and more emotional. At least it did for me all those years.

When you feel this happen start paying more attention on your steals actually working, so you can even out the negative anctious feeling they'll 3-bet you. But now what can you do about all these extra 3-bets. If you just fold, your win rate will drop as you'll have less steals working and less flops to see. This can cause a lot of frustration, combined with carddead and oh dear your worst nightmare mr TILT is just around the corner.

 

This makes you lose 2ce in higher buy-ins. You fold more, which will cut winrates and when you tilt ye well you know what happens then. So how do you approach this? How can you adapt to make sure you can at least be break even at an higher stake? I would love to tell you, but that is the beauty of poker there are many ways to play, to counter, to approach. Thats why a super aggressive player and a super tight player can be profitable.

I can only speak from my experience and this is what I think. My first reaction when facing this and for me the natural way of thinking is: "Damn now that guy 3-bets me again, he must be 3betting light. So I'll 4bet him with my mediocre hand." From time to time he'll fold and you'll feel great, but in general they don't shy away enough, making your mediocre hand really tough to play. Your top pair could be bad. If you CB you invested mostly over half your stack. So that really feels discusting when you end up missing or even hitting top pair, as you'll often be dominated.

The idea behind this strategy is fight fire with fire while you you are a beginner in the arts of fire. Think about it: why would you play back on someone experienced in the art of aggression with aggression? Thats like betting on wall street against a full time professional as a compleete rookie. No... Wouldn't it be more logical to attack fire with water, knowing water is more your style.

I'll even give you another reason why you should counter with aggression. If you end up getting AK vs QQ all in preflop every time you won't even be profitable with QQ. You'd only be break even. The rake will cut away that little higher % you have preflop. I am in no way saying you shouldn't play preflop, I just feel you can better dominate the low stakes postflop. Besides the aggressive fireboys are trained preflop players. So attack them postflop.

So be prepared to play more 3bet pots. At first you'll have it really tough to play those pots, but it sure as hell is easier to master than preflop playing. And I think you gain more from it as postflop play still happens soooooo often.

Also I noticed those active 3betters have that totally on autopilot. They always show the same patterns:

- 3bet size

- Does he C-bet every flop & how much?

- Doesn't CBet, just checkfolds, he only wanted preflopsteal.

- min3Bet followed by Pot Cbet. Mostly a very strong hand, so pay 2BB more for a cheap setmining.

-...

MAKE THE NOTES! Own them later. And they'll get frustrated by you, either never 3betting you or maybe even more just to get them chippies back.

 

Thought of the day:

"A fool knows the price of anything, but the value of nothing."

You may know what the price is to call for a draw or on the river, or in any other spot for that matter. But make sure you know the value of your call aswell.

Is your set of high value on a 4card flushboard, when you get a great price? Approach the 3-bets in the same way by thinking of the value of KJo to 56s? 99 compared to 55? Read value, not only price.