3 Bet Shoving Suited Hands


Topic Difficulty Level - Beginner To Intermediate

In this article I want to talk about hands that you can 3 bet shove with as a bluff, against players that open a wide range of hands from the button in a heads up super or hyper turbo.

I'm also going to talk about how you can easily calculate the equity and profitability of your shove without having to be a math genius to work it out.

When you're playing in a heads up hyper or super turbo and you're facing an aggressive opponent who is raising the button with a very wide range of hands, then you can't just sit there and wait for your Ax, broadways or pocket pairs.

I see so many new players get heavily exploited in this way by not knowing what hands to shove with as a bluff, and why. So let's learn how to put together a solid 3 bet bluff shoving game plan for your heads up hyper turbo strategy.

Tools Needed

The first thing we're going to want to download is some software called Cardrunners EV which is free for what we need it for on this topic, but there is a full version that you have to pay for which goes into much more detail.

Step 1. After you have downloaded and opened the software, you're going to need to make a couple of adjustments. Firstly you'll need to change the rake amount to 0 (otherwise some of the calculations will not be correct for a SNG). The next change is the stack sizes that you want to work out your bluff shoving ranges for.

For this example I am going to look at effective stacks of 20 blinds and so I adjust the big and small blind to 20, as seen bellow.

Step 2. Now we need to start building our tree, by clicking 'start tree'.

Next you'll come to a screen that is now the start of your tree. You'll be looking a fairly empty sheet with options for the small blind player.

You need to hover over the small blind and you'll have options to choose from. Click the min raise button (as that being their action) and then click the big red 'raise' button bellow it.

After you've done this, you'll get your first branch, but before we continue with our tree, we're going to have to select some hands for our opponents range by 'editing the condition' as highlighted by the red arrow.

Step 3. Selecting our opponents range.

Here I'm going to give my opponent a reasonable range for a fairly aggressive player, of around 80% and then click 'done'.

Step 4. Selecting our actions

So now we move along to our branch of the tree (the big blind) and need to choose our actions. As we only have the free version, we can't build huge trees, so for simplicity we're just going to select the option to raise all in and the option to fold.

Step 5. Our opponents final move

Now we need to set our opponents final moves. The options will be either to call our shove or fold. All that's then left to do is chose the range of hands that we think they're likely to call with and then hit the calculate button in the bottom left hand corner.

Step 6. Looking to see hands we can profitably shove.

As you'll see, it's far more than just suited hands that we can shove in this situation but be mindful of the fact that I've given our opponent a fairly tight calling range, so you may want to play around with the hands yourself to get a feel of what you can get away with.

Conclusion and final thoughts

As you can see, there are many hands that we can re-shove as a bluff over an aggressive players open raises that will be profitable.

However, don't just turn into a shove bot, just because a hand is plus EV (profitable) to shove, doesn't means it's the MOST profitable line to take. For example, you won't lose money by shoving KT suited, but you'll make more money by flat calling with that kind of hand.

Anyway, this should help a lot of newer, tighter players out, when they feel as if they're just being completely run over by aggressive players.

If you have any questions on the subject then please do comment bellow and let's get some discussion going. This site is all about helping each other grow as players.

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