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Back raising is THE perfect way to trap over aggressive players who love nothing more than to 3-bet you. The best hands to do this with are generally premium hands such as big pairs (A-A to J-J), A-K or A-Q. Lesser hands can be included if you know there is a high chance they will fold.

The best situation to back raise is when you are in the cut-off or on the button as the small blind and big blind will quite often 3-bet (also known as ‘Squeeze’) light. Why do the blinds 3-bet light? Because they know a lot of people who raise in late position do it with a very wide range, a range that can’t call a 3-bet very often. So how do we trap these players?

When a player raises before us and we hold a monster on the button like A-A, our default move should be to re-raise to 3 or 4x the raise. But if we have a player in the small or big blind who we know 3-bets A LOT (because we are smart and have Poker Tracker) then us 3-betting the raise is no longer the default play. Instead, we would simply call the initial raise and wait for the 3-bet from the aggressive player. Once we have been 3-bet AND the original raiser folds, we would then re-raise (4-bet) the 3-bet. We have now just trapped a ton of money in the middle and even if he doesn’t fold we have a monster so can comfortably stack off.

An example hand history would be…

Hero (BTN): $57.50
SB: $25.00
BB: $45.74
UTG: $30.15
MP: $57.24
CO: $82.53

SB posts SB $0.25, BB posts BB $0.50

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero has Ah Ad

fold, MP raises to $1.25, fold, Hero calls $1.25, SB raises to $5, fold, fold, MP folds, Hero raises to $12.50, SB folds.

Hero wins $20.50


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