Posted on 28 July 2010
There’s very little in poker that’s more fun, or more powerful than 4 betting light.
A big re-re-raise will almost all the time be viewed as a monster and will earn you table respect. To optimize this play you will need to have an idea of frequency for your 4 bet bluffs. This of course will be different for every table. Against a good Tight Aggressive player you’ll want to be 4 bet bluffing him at least once for three to four 4 bets you make for value. As with all things in poker balance is important and having a balanced 4 betting range will make you tougher to combat while building a healthy chip stack in the process.
For this example you’re in mid position with 6-7 suited, the TAG in Highjack 3 bets and puts you to a decision. This is a spot where you should 4 bet 100% of the time.
Hand ranges for four-betting are very much player-dependent. Generally you want some sort of value to your hand so that you have some chance of winning the pots in which you are called. You might elect to four-bet with A-5 suited because you have an Ace, reducing the chances that your opponent is holding a hand like A-Q or A-K that he can five-bet all-in with, as well as the fact that the hand that can flop big.
Now your hand ranges. What I like about 4 betting is they’re pretty wide. For the most part you want some sort of value to your hand so that when you’re called (And you will be) you have a chance to win the pot and send some one steaming to the rail! No gap suited conecters and even a hand like A-5 suited work. A-5 on the assumption that it’s less likely he’ll be holding AK or AQ allowing him to 5 bet shove you. A-5s is a disaster heads up, let alone out of position so calling a 3 bet is certainly not an option. 4 betting gives you a shot at winning pre flop a good chunk of the time (Most Tags will have a pretty tight call range here) or god willing the villain calls and the flop is kind, allowing for a check raise all in: say on a 3-4-7 Rainbow board giving you a backdoor flush, gutshot and an over card.
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