Once you are able to master the art of the double barrel you will be one step closer to the triple barrel. While it was extremely important to put your opponent on a tight range of hands when double barreling, it is even more important when attempting a triple barrel. There is more money at stake and there are fewer hands that you will be able to force out. Triple barreling should not be a regular weapon in your arsenal and should only be used under certain circumstances.
Your opponents are extremely important
If the other player did not fold to your double barrel you need to first decide whether he is capable of folding to your triple barrel. A call on the turn is often indicative of pretty good hand strength, and this should be taken into account when deciding whether to triple barrel. You can eliminate hands from your opponent’s range that he might have floated with. Weaker hands like this usually give up when you fire again on the turn, so if he is still with you on the river it is much more likely that he actually has a made hand, or at least a strong draw.
An example of a good spot to triple barrel
- You are dealt Kc 10c in middle position and raise to $4 at .50/1.
- The button calls your raise and the pot is now $9.50.
- The flop comes Qs 8s 7c.
- You bet $7 on the flop and are called.
- The pot is now $16.50 and the turn is a harmless 4d.
- You bet $13 and he again calls, the pot is now $42.50.
- The river brings second 4, the 4h.
This is a great spot to fire a third barrel. This is a spot where you can make a very cost effective third barrel. So why is this a good spot and what will allow you to make the triple barrel cost effective? As mentioned earlier we need to put the player on a tight range of hands in order to fire a triple barrel. The board was very draw heavy, so we can put him on one of many drawing hands, such as 9T, As Ts, or any other combination of two spades. Since we are aiming to push out draws that missed we can make a moderately sized bet. The bet should look like it is for value, but be big enough that he won’t come over the top. Since the pot is $42.50, a bet of $26 will be sufficient. He will fold all of his draws that missed and might even fold jacks or a weak queen. If he happened to have a strong hand, making a bet of $26 instead of $40 will save you money when he shoves his remaining stack or calls you.
An example of a bad spot to triple barrel
If the river was a spade, six, or jack I would not triple barrel. All of the draws hit in addition to a possible two pair combination, JQ. This is a time where you are better off giving up on the pot and moving on to the next one. If you did try to triple barrel when a spade, six or jack came you would also have to make the bet closer to $38 to force out hands like AQ.
Summary of triple barreling
The main things to consider when triple barreling are exactly what hands you are trying to get a fold out of and the likelihood that they will make the fold. If you are good at hand reading and can properly analyze the action in a hand in relation to the board you will be able to successfully execute triple barrels.