3-betting light is an advanced concept that adds an extra weapon to a game that has likely become repetitive and stagnant, even if that current game strategy is winning you money at the tables. 3-betting will shake up a mid-stakes player’s game about as much as the continuation bet did when you first found out about that when you were starting out. When and where to 3-bet light. What is 3-betting and 3-betting light? First of all, what is a 3-bet before the flop?
A 3-bet is when there has been a raise and then another raise after that. 8 from a player in MP. 24, this is called a 3-bet. For a quick guide to good 3bet sizing, watch the 3betting section starting at 13:39 in this bet sizing video. 3-bet probably has a very good hand. AK to make this second raise before the flop. You might be wondering why it’s called a 3-bet if there has only been two raises. Well, the BB is actually considered to be a bet in itself, and so the first raise is the 2nd bet and the second raise is the 3-bet. Therefore, 3-betting light is when you make a 3-bet with a less than premium hand like 67, 78 or any suited connector like that.
3-betting light is where you make a 3-bet with a less than premium hand before the flop. Seems crazy and dangerous I know, but I’m sure you thought the same thing when you first heard about continuation betting. EV move when used correctly, so don’t underestimate its strength. Players these days will make preflop raises with a wide range of hands. If a player makes a raise before the flop in LP, they could have almost any hand under the sun. That’s how all decent TAGs play. When the flop comes, we are only really looking to fold unless we hit top pair or better.
Even then, we are not going to feel great about our hand. 3-betting when in position will regularly put loose raisers in a position where it is -EV to call a 3-bet because of their wide opening range. Not to mention taking away their initiative. Players open with a wide range of hands, which means calling 3-bets is -EV for our opponents. EV than just calling in some cases. Players almost always fear AA when they face a 3-bet. You take back the initiative in the hand.
Sure, making an extra reraise before the flop is going to be pretty damn scary, especially if you are 3-betting light. EV play you need to show some balls and play in the way that is going to make you the most money. Don’t get me wrong though, 3-betting light isn’t just to try and punish the loose raisers and hope that they fold. There will be times when we get called when we 3-bet light, but that’s not a problem. There are still advantages to 3-betting light when we reach the flop. So we’ve discussed the advantages of the simple 3-bet, but when should you 3-bet light? 67, 78 and 89, or 1 gap suited connectors like 68 and 79.