Dealing with Increased Pre-Flop 3-Betting in Internet No-Limit Hold'em Games

It’s pretty common knowledge in the sotongdewa community that online poker games are usually much more difficult than live games at similar stakes. For example, $1/2 no-limit hold’em games are fairly difficult while $1/2 live no-limit hold’em games are typically very, very soft. Because of this, new plays that become popular in Internet games don’t always cross over to live games because the players simply aren’t difficult enough to play against to warrant advanced strategies. One mode of play that has become commonplace in Internet hold’em games that isn’t particularly popular in live games of similar stakes is 3-betting or re-raising the initial raiser pre-flop with a wide range of hands. Here we’re going to look at why people have shifted towards this hyper-aggressive style of pre-flop play on the Internet, and what you can do to defend yourself from it.The general scenario plays out like this. It folds to a tight-aggressive player in the cutoff seat (one off of the button) who open-raises to three and a half times the big blind. The button looks down at something like Queen-Nine suited, and makes a 3-bet to twelve big blinds. The blinds fold, and the cutoff folds as well, and the button takes down a nice profit from a hand that didn’t even see the flop. The reason this play works is that the cutoff knows he should be open raising a wide range of hands in such a late position. If the button is aware of this, and also …