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Isolating limpers out of position can be a tricky proposition. Unless we have a big pair, small isos are typically not as attractive since we will be out of position throughout the hand, if called. A solution to this problem is something I call the third & go. You may remember me covering this in Automatic Poker, Volume 1. The entire play was created to exploit players who limp a wide range and then often play fit or fold on the flop. It is a great way to lure bad players into making hugely unprofitable pre-flop calls. The way it works is that when it is our turn to act in the blinds and there are one or more limpers, we simply bet about one-third of our stack with the intention of shoving all-in on any flop. As covered in detail in Professional No-Limit Hold'em, once you invest one-third of your stack into any pot, it is always a mistake to fold. It does not matter if it is the…show more content…
When fold equity is high, it is more profitable to third and go the stronger parts of your range and shove the weaker ones. This concept applies to both shoving over limpers and to 3-betting, which will be covered in chapter x. If you think about it, the idea makes perfect sense. In low fold equity environments, when holding a weaker hand, you obviously want to elicit a fold more often, so giving yourself two chances to win makes more sense. Weak players may call a similar range vs a shove that they will vs a third and go, and if called after thirding, you can shove the flop profitably since your opponent will miss more often than not and not be likely to call the shove. Take this example, played versus a very loose player: Shoving our entire stack in with a strong hand versus our loose opponent allowed us to win the
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