Multi-Way Cbetting

By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney


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Table of Contents + Time Links

  1. (0:00) Intro
  2. (0:49) Hand 1 - A common flop (88 on KJ5 flop)
    A very common situation where you're sandwiched between two players and there are 2 big overcards on the flop. [Equity]
  3. (3:22) Hand 2 - One ace, one king (AK on T65 flop)
    Should you multi-way cbet with overcards when you have position? Would you lose value by checking behind? Playing in position with 2 overcards.
  4. (6:07) Hand 3 - OMGOMG a pear! (AQ on AJ6 flop)
    TPGK on the flop and sandwiched between two players.
  5. (8:23) Hand 4 - Inkstain (KJ on QT6 flop)
    Playing a straight draw with a flush draw on the flop, and sandwiched between 2 players. Do you bet your second-best draw or check/call? [SPR]
  6. (12:36) Hand 5 - Pop bottles (AK on J85 flop)
    Four-way flop with nut flush draw and 2 overcards, sandwiched in the middle. Betting the flop, but bricking on the turn. What do you do now? [Double barreling]
  7. (16:21) Hand 6 - 3Bet gone wrong (K9 on AJ9)
    How do you play after a failed resteal (3bet) when between 2 players with a hand like K9? Worse still, you've hit bottom pair.
  8. (18:21) Hand 7 - Sweet flop bro (KK on AJ7 flop)
    3bet with KK and get 2 callers. Perfect. Ace on the flop. Standard. To make it even more fun, you're sandwiched between two players, again. Where do you go from here?
  9. (21:39) Hand 8 - A is for Ace (AA on 893 flop)
    Pocket aces, 3bet and get called by two players. Flop has a flush and straight draw, but the pot is big compared to the stack sizes (2.9 SPR). How do you get the most money from the hand? Also, flush and potential straight) draw completes on the turn. Do you bet or check/call?
  10. (24:03) Hand 9 - Pressure (KQ on Q97 flop)
    Standard spot where you isolate preflop with KQ, hit TPGK and make a continuation bet. Easy enough. However, you get raised by the player who has position on you. Awkward. Is it too weak/tight to fold to a flop raise with TPGK? [Isolating]
  11. (26:54) Hand 10 - Cinco de Mayo (55 on J75 flop)
    Raise preflop. Hit bottom set on the flop in sandwiched position against 2 players. How do you get the most value from here on out? Bit on checking to induce on the turn. [Maximizing value]
  12. (30:24) Hand 11 - No love (JT on AQ3 flop)
    Raise with JTs preflop and hit inside straight and backdraw flush draw, but 2 big overcards. Not a great hand, but there's some opportunity. Can you semi-bluff a hand like this effectively? Includes a highly interesting analysis on opponents' hand strengths on the flop.
  13. (33:57) Video recap
    Multiway Cbetting – Veer away from bluffing and make the most of value bets.

Multi-Way Cbetting.


  • Type: Hand Replayer
  • Stakes: -
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:35:17
  • Added: 18 September 2012

Video overview.

When and how to continuation bet when up against 2 or more players on the flop. Cbetting has a different dynamic when more than one opponent is involved, so you need to know how to deal with it. SplitSuit covers 11 hand histories where this happens and have we have to deal with these "multi-way cbetting" situations.

SplitSuit starts with some common multi-way cbetting spots, and moves on to some trickier ones later on in the video. All of the analysis extends across the turn and the river – it does not end with the flop cbet strategy.

The majority of the hand examples involve cbetting against 2 opponents. Furthermore, in these examples we are usually sandwiched between these two players. By "sandwiched" I mean we are the 2nd player to act (so not first or last to act).

In addition to the standard preflop situations, Hand 7 (18:21) and Hand 8 (21:39) include 3betting action before the flop.

Sandwiched Position
Sandwiched = being the "middle" player to act after the flop when up against 2 other players. We usually have the initiative in these examples, making our position overall a little better.

Related pages.

About SplitSuit.

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney is author of Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics. He also coaches at his personal website He uses the alias *Split* at the 2+2 forums, which is where you can find his famous contributions to the COTW thread.

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