My favourite, James “Splitsuit” Sweeney, with 35mins on playing flopped sets/trips.

Don’t be put off by the things you don’t know. This is a massively valuable learning skill; do not let what you don’t know dent your learning ego- NOBODY IN THE WORLD KNOWS EVERYTHING.
Sweeney uses HUD stats and bangs on about all sorts of %s in this video, but if you are a live player, or don’t use a HUD, it doesn’t matter. The real value of this video lies in the rationales that he discusses, although I’ve tagged a few basic stat descriptions onto the end of the post.

Monkey Thinking:

There was one bit where I didn’t fully understand Sweeney’s logic. At 09:38 he says he would rather flat an open from a guy with a high fold to 3bet% because we’re so far ahead of his steal range, but don’t play well against his calling/raising range. I understand the line I take when I flop trips after flatting that pre-flop bet, but not the line I’m planning if I don’t.
Sweeney says he’s be happier light 3betting here, but if the guy’s 3bet action range is that strong, then why can’t we see AK as a bluffy hand in this spot?
Anyone got any thoughts?

How’s your range reading? This is yet another strategy video that assumes you make assumptions on what your opponent is holding rather than just looking at your own cards.
If you’re not narrowing your opponents’ holding range down as the hand progresses, then you’re not playing poker, you’re just gambling. That’s fine, as long as that’s what you mean to do.


  • VPIP (VP): Measures how often a player voluntarily puts money in the pot preflop, expressed as a percentage.
  • PFR (PR): Measures the frequency that a player raises preflop, expressed as a percentage.
  • 3Bet (3B): How often a player 3bets preflop given the opportunity, expressed as a percentage.
  • Flop CB (CB): How often a player continuation bets the flop given the opportunity, expressed as a percentage.
  • Fold vs Flop CB: The frequency that a player folds versus a flop continuation bet given the opportunity, expressed as a percentage.