LearnWPT Tour Terms: 3-Betting


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3-Bet: verb
three·bet \ ˈthrē ˈbet \

1) The act of raising after another player has raised the initial bet amount first-in. For example, in a tournament where blinds are 25-50, Player A opens the pot to 150 preflop and Player B raises to 450. In this instance Player B is 3-Betting the pot.

Example of 3-Bet in a Sentence
Tony raises preflop to 150 and LuckyChewy 3-Bets to 450 with A♠5♠.

So, What Hands Should You 3-Bet With 🤔?

Fighting back vs aggression from your opponents can be stressful and it’s hard to know exactly when you should reraise and which hands to do it with. Watch this in-depth Strategy Episode with LearnWPT Instructor Nick Binger as he breaks down the key factors you should look for when deciding to 3-bet:

5 Key 🗝️ Reminders for 3-Betting:

In order to win tournaments you can’t simply wait for good cards
3-Betting is key to winning pots without showing down your hand
Avoid 3-Betting with bad cards in cash games
Target players with medium sized (30 to 50 big blind) stacks to pressure with 3-bets
Players opening the pot from late position are likely to have wider hand ranges

3-Betting Ace King With The Champ 🥊

Staying aggressive with Ace King is essential for making deep runs and bringing home tournament titles. Many players struggle with how to effectively apply aggression with Ace King, especially vs sticky opponents.

Check out this Strategy Episode with 3x WPT Champion and LearnWPT Instructor Brian Altman from a $2,200 buy-in event at Wynn Las Vegas and learn his strategy for playing AK in a 3-bet pot.

The Cup 🏆 Awaits!

You are in a World Poker Tour main event with the Mike Sexton Champions Cup on the line! A late position player raises first-in and you 3-Bet from the Button with a 50BB stack. Your opponent calls and you are off to the flop...


Now it’s time to test your skills from this spot and play a FREE Tournament sample of 5 hands in the WPT GTO Trainer.

Your goal is to keep "EV Loss" in the green and close to 0, good luck!

🖥️ Watch 3-Betting In Action

3-Betting is a powerful move that experts use to pressure opponents and force even the toughest players to retreat.

Check out this hand from WPT Season XIII for an in-depth look at a 3-bet pot with big money on the line and watch as Nick demonstrates how this Pro perfectly puts theory into practice.

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During your next tournament or session give these 3-betting strategies a try and you'll become tougher to play against and keep your opponents on their heels more often.

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