WPT GTO Trainer Hands of the Week: Chipping Up At a Final Table
Today you’ll be playing at a major final table with large pay jumps. There are multiple short stacks at the table, so there is a strong incentive to not bust out before these players. You raise on the Button with a medium stack of 30BBs and the Big Blind defends with a stack of 50BBs.
You should make a small continuation bet as a default in this spot. Since there is pressure on your preflop range due to the presence of the short stacks, you have far fewer hands in this spot than you normally would raising on the Button. As a result, you have a significant range advantage overall.
The Big Blind should almost always check to you and you should almost always c-bet. The exception to this rule is when you hold certain hands like second pair that generally want to exercise maximum pot control. You can occasionally check back some strong hands on static boards to balance. Even with extremely strong hands like top set, you should generally make a small c-bet rather than check behind and slowplay.
Be aware that a tough player in the Big Blind may donk lead into you on equity changing turn cards that benefit their range after they check-call the flop. Good players will do this with a balanced range, so you need to be prepared to call down with a significant portion of your made hands to counter.
When you hold a strong hand on the turn after firing a c-bet on the flop, you should size up your turn bets on coordinated boards. You do not want to give cheap or free cards when there are multiple draws present.
Always be aware of your turn bet sizing and how much this leaves to play on the river. With strong hands and some draws, you want to size your bet to set up a logical river all-in.
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