Here are the questions, answers, and explanations from our cash game strategy quiz.
✅ Q♦ T♦
🔲 T♣ 9♣
When choosing which bluffs are most effective on the river, we must consider the impact of each hand's blockers.
Q♦ T♦ blocks KQ and KT, which are a big part of the your opponent's calling range on the river. You also do not block any of the missed flush draws in his range that he will almost certainly fold on the river.
T♣ 9♣ also blocks KT, but having two clubs makes it less likely the BB has a missed flush draw (like A♣ T♣ or A♣ 9♣) that will certainly fold to a river bet.
As a result, bluffing with Q♦ T♦ will work more often than bluffing with T♣ 9♣.
Question #2: When you want to c-bet with a lot of your range, what size should you use?
✅ Small (between 25-40% of the pot)
🔲 Large (between 66-80% of the pot)
🔲 Overbet (More than 100% of the pot)
A small bet size allows you to extract some value with your 2nd and 3rd pairs and gives your bluffs a great price.
Question #3: Suppose you bet $100 into a pot of $100 on the river, meaning your opponent must call $100 to win $200. What is the theoretically optimal bluff-to-value bet ratio?
🔲 50% bluffs, 50% value bets
🔲 67% bluffs, 33% value bets
✅ 33% bluffs, 67% value bets
This frequency is optimal because it allows you to win the pot most often without the possibility of being countered.
Question #4: Suppose you're on the button facing a preflop raise from the cutoff (100BB deep). Which hand would you rather 3-bet bluff with?
✅ A♦ 2♦
🔲 J♣ 8♣
Both hands have very good playability postflop with both flush and straight potential. But only A♦ 2♦ blocks a significant number of hands with which your opponent would 4-bet (AA, AK) or call (AQ, AJ, AT, AXs).
Top pair medium kicker is not strong enough to bet three streets for value unimproved, and having a gutshot straight draw makes this hand less susceptible to bad turns. Additionally, checking back with hands like this makes your check back range stronger, allowing you to better defend against turn bets.
Both 87s and AJo are strong enough to bet three streets for value barring a bad run out, so you should definitely bet with them on the flop.
Question #6: Same flop (J-8-7) as the last question. Which hand would you most like to check-back with the intention of delay c-betting on the turn as a bluff?
🔲 6♦ 5♦
✅ K♠ Q♦
🔲 Q♠ 9♠
K♠ Q♦ has the most showdown value and the worst equity when called of these 3 hands.
Both 6♦ 5♦ and Q♠ 9♠ are slam-dunk c-bet bluffs on the J♦ 8♠ 7♣ flop.
Question #7: On which of these boards should you bet more often after the preflop raiser checked back on the flop?
✅ T♣ 8♦ 5♥ 6♠
🔲 A♥ K♣ 9♠ 9♦
On T♣ 8♦ 5♥ 6♠, more of your opponent's range is overcards or underpairs that will fold.
A♥ K♣ 9♠ 9♦ is not a good board to probe bet with a wide range because your opponent can easily have turned trips after checking on the flop with a 9. He can also have an A or K that he checked on the flop, neither of which will fold to a bet.
Question #8: True or False: You should tighten your c-bet range in multi-way pots.
The likelihood of running into a strong hand is increases with more players in the pot. As a result, you need to approach multi-way pots with caution– adjusting your betting range to consist primarily of strong value hands and good semi-bluffs.
✅ 8♦ 5♦
🔲 A♦ Q♦
🔲 A♦ 6♦
8♦ 5♦ is a perfect flush draw to start betting with on the flop. You want to pick flush draws which have the least showdown value first to put into your betting range. 8-high has no showdown value and solid equity versus a calling range.
Both A♦ Q♦ and A♦ 6♦ have some showdown value and can comfortably call a turn probe, so you can check back with them. A benefit of checking with the nut flush draw is that it strengthens your checking range and, when you hit your flush, you will have a very disguised strong hand.
That said, you can't go wrong betting with the nut flush draw, so you can go either way. 8♦ 5♦, however, is a mandatory bet.
✅ 3-bet a polarized range containing both strong value hands and bluffs
🔲 3-bet a merged range containing strong value hands, medium strength hands, and suited connectors
You can take advantage of the cutoff's high fold to 3-bet percentage by 3-betting with a range that includes bluffs and so you should 3-bet with a polarized strategy.