Today you’ll be playing a common spot in a cash game where you open raise to 3 big blinds in Middle Position, the Button reraises to 9 big blinds, and you call.
On most flops, you can simply check to the preflop reraiser, since their range will generally have an equity advantage against yours.
Against tough opponents, you’ll often face small c-bets with a high frequency. Be sure to check-call these small c-bets with enough of your range to deny automatic profitability. For example, you should regularly be continuing with good ace high hands that have backdoor draws when facing continuation bet sizes of around ¼ or ⅓ pot.
In some cases after you check-call the flop, you’ll want to take aggressive action when equity changing cards come on the turn. This aggression can be in the form of donk-leading or check-raising.
Be aware of when Villain checks back on the turn in spots where they would likely bet big hands and be prepared to value bet larger amounts on the river when you hold medium strength and higher hands. The fact that Villain checked back often allows you to use bigger bet sizing in these spots.
Pay careful attention to Villain’s bet sizing. In many cases you should simply check-fold reasonable made hands and draws when Villain uses large sizing against you.
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