Today you’ll be playing as the Big Blind facing a tough player on the Button who open raised preflop. Since you decided to simply call the raise, your range does not generally include many premium preflop hands. This range disadvantage means that you should generally check to the raiser on almost every board.
When your opponent fails to continuation bet and instead chooses to check back on the flop, their range will generally be weaker since stronger hands would usually build the pot. You can fire an overbet on the turn with some draws as well as made hands when they check back in this way. This larger sizing is best for attacking their now weaker range.
When your opponent does continuation bet, you should check-raise with some weaker draws, some high equity made hands that are vulnerable, as well as with some strong hands. This balances your check-raising range and allows you to logically fire on certain turn cards that improve your range’s equity. You should check-call on the flop with many medium strength made hands and draws as well as occasional strong hands. When you hold nothing on the flop, you can simply check-fold.
When you check-call on the flop and are facing a bet on the turn, make sure to pay attention to your opponent’s bet sizing. Against smaller sizing you should continue with a wider range. When facing large bets or overbets, you will be forced to fold bigger portions of your range, including some reasonably high equity draws.
Consider turning missed draws into bluffs on boards where you can credibly represent another draw that came in, or a made hand. Holding blockers in your hand will help the profitability of any potential bluffs.
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