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  • 3 betting light

    What exactly does this term mean?

    I read it a lot but I'm unsure if it means putting in a smaller 3 bet than usual or 3 betting with a wider hand range.

    Can someone clarify this for me?
    Bracelet Winner

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    3 betting light

    As far as I know, "three betting light" has nothing to do with the actual bet sizing, it is simply a reference to hand strength. Specifically, 3 betting with a weaker than usual hand. A useful play when defending button or blinds against an opponent you suspect of stealing with a wide range, or simply as a response to a raiser who habitually folds too much when reraised.

    It also has the benefit of balancing your three betting range, which is probably not much of a consideration in micro stakes, but appears to be more important against better players who would notice and adjust accordingly if you only 3 bet with premium hands.

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    • #3
      Mytton's right. "Light" just means "with a weaker range", or "with less than premium holdings".

      Sometimes, a light 3-bet is for value, with a hand like AJ, when you expect a villain to call/raise with worse, but often a light 3-bet is a (semi-)bluff or total airball. e.g. in the blinds facing a raise by a standard TAG on the button, you might 3-bet light with A5s or 44, expecting villain to fold (while you can also flop some equity if he calls). When you 3-bet a polarized range (strong value hands and bluffs), it's because you plan to 5-bet/stack off with the value hands (like QQ+/AK) but fold the bluffs (A5s, 44 etc) if you get 4-bet.
      Bracelet Winner

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      • #4
        Thanks guys, much clearer now - expect the term in my next blog
        Bracelet Winner

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        • #5
          3betting light – is opposite of 3 betting for value, if you get called you are behind.

          Is squeezing light a form of a 3 betting light?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by braveslice View Post
            3betting light – is opposite of 3 betting for value, if you get called you are behind.

            Is squeezing light a form of a 3 betting light?
            It is.

            You are still 3betting light but it also counts as a squeeze. You need better reads to squeeze light than you do to 3bet though as there is inevitably a different dynamic with more people in the pot.

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