Facing a preflop 3-bet

Facing a preflop 3-bet

You raised, someone re-raised you, and the rest have folded.

Facing a 3-bet

Bet sizing

It is recommended to raise to 2.2 times the 3-bet in position and 2.7 times the 3-bet out of position. For more information, see Preflop bet sizing 2023.

When to call

Hands that often want to call are:

  • Low – medium pocket pairs
  • Suited connectors
  • Suited broadways and some suited aces

When to re-raise (4-bet)

Hands that are often 4-bet are very strong hands, like JJ-AA and AK. Some hands that usually aren’t strong enough to go all-in, but that have a blocking effect are 4-bet sometimes, like AQo and A5s.


A blocker means you hold card(s) that reduce the likelihood of the opponent having a strong hand.

When you have for example AQ you reduce villains strongest combos (combinations that can be made with the hand type):

  • AK: 16 → 12 combos
  • AQ: 16 → 9 combos
  • QQ: 6 → 3 combos

This means that the number of very strong hands that villain can have has been noticeably reduced.

BTN vs BB 3-bet, cash game, 100 bb stack

BTN vs BB 3-bet, cash game 100 bb

It is challenging to memorize all the different charts just by looking at them. It is also hard to know if you remember correctly. We strongly recommend practicing preflop ranges in the preflop exercise to help you commit them to memory and get feedback on mistakes.

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