7♦7♥ Facing a 4-Bet, what do you do here?

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DECISION POINT:
In a live $2-3 game it folds around to the Button who raises to $10. You 3-Bet to $30 from the Small Blind with 7♦7♥. The Big Blind folds, Villain 4-Bets to $90, and action is on you. What do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: Out of position preflop we should often increase our 3-bet sizing to account for our positional disadvantage postflop with our entire range. So preflop, perhaps a $40 3-bet would have been more appropriate.

As played we have 3-bet a player who opened on the Button. Villain’s initial opening range should be quite wide, so a 3-bet is definitely reasonable here with 77.

However, when a live default $2-3 player reraises our 3-Bet, this narrows their range considerably. We could put them on a range of something like 88+, AQs+, AKo as well as A5s-A2s to account to account for the fact that Villain may be occasionally bluffing.

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Against that range we have around 38% equity in the pot and we’re getting 2:1 here. If this were an all-in situation, we would certainly call. However, with a significant amount of money left behind and being out of position postflop it’s going to be very tough to realize our equity in the pot here.

We will often either have to stick a significant amount of chips in postflop (thus making our actual odds on our preflop call worse) or fold on flops where we could still have significant equity (thus not realizing it).

Given all of these factors, folding makes the most sense.

Folding is the best play.

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