Whether you’re in the early stages of a multi-table tournament or you’re an hour or two into a cash game session, you’ll almost certainly find yourself playing pots deep stacked against another player with plenty of chips.

But how do you know when the time is right to apply pressure on your opponent? And how can you avoid getting put in a vice yourself?

Read on.

THIS WEEK

  • How to apply and avoid pressure when deep
  • Choosing Your 3-Bet Range Shape and Sizing
  • Playing overpairs Multi-Way – Part 1
  • Spin & Go Reloaded – Exploiting Very Tight Passive Players
  • Play this freeroll and win Bounty Builder Series tickets

How to apply and avoid pressure when deep

Some hands and board textures make you feel less comfortable than others. This is especially true when both players in the hand are deep stacked.

This week Pete Clarke takes a close look at spots where you want to apply pressure on your opponent and get chips in the middle, as well as spots where you’ll be made to sweat, and how you can avoid them.

“The best way to explain how stack depth affects the amount of pressure your range wants to apply or avoid is by looking at two very different board textures,” he writes.

One is 9♣7♥2♥, the other is 8♣7♦6♣.

Find out how he navigates them here.


Choosing Your 3-Bet Range Shape and Sizing

“We have all heard about three-betting bigger out of position and smaller in position, but there are two factors in the theory of three-betting which affect how big we should go.

“Position is one of them and range shape is the other. Let’s focus on this less discussed factor today.

“How does the sort of range we’ll be 3-betting affect the sizing we should choose? And how do we determine the shape of our 3-bet range in the first place?”

Read ‘Choosing Your 3-Bet Range Shape and Sizing’ here.


Playing overpairs Multi-Way – Part 1

Dave “TheLangolier” Roemer is back with reviews of hands taken from the PokerStars Discord, discussing how you want to play your overpair in a multi-way pot.

Click here to watch the video.


Spin & Go Reloaded – Exploiting Very Tight Passive Players

In Part 4 of their Spin & Go Reloaded video series, Nick and James from OP-Poker take a look at how you can exploit very tight and passive players in the three-handed format.

Head here to watch the video.


Play this freeroll and win Bounty Builder Series tickets

Get ready to enter the ring once again with the Bounty Builder Series this October!

The regular PokerStars series is back from October 11 with two weeks of knockout action, with TWO special Main Event tournaments in the final round on October 25; the $55 buy-in event with a $1M GTD and the $2.5M GTD event with a buy-in of $530.

Watch out for satellites and Spin & Go’s, allowing you to win your way in for less.

For the full schedule and all offers, click here.

You can also win tickets to the series with PokerStars School! On Thursday October 8, there’ll be a special freeroll with over $2K in tickets up for grabs! You’ll be able to enter using the password for the event, which will be posted two hours prior to the start of the tournament.

Head here for all the tournament information.


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Jack Stanton is a freelance writer specialising in poker.

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