What is Set Mining Poker?
Set mining poker is a term that describes calling a raise before the flop with the intention of hitting a set or three of a kind on the flop a win a big pot.
The chances of flopping a set with a pocket pair are quite remote. You will flop a set approximately 1 in 7.5. In other words, you will hit three of a kind almost 1 in 8 times you try. That is not very often is it? Moreover, when you do hit your set, you won’t always get paid off, as you hope.
This is the phrase poker players love to use to describe a situation where they are making a call because they anticipate a large pay off if they make their hand. This is the reason you see Daniel Negreanu calling raises with three five suited. He doesn’t mind calling 2 and half big blinds in the hope of winning 200 from a weak player who is prone to overplaying top pair or overpair type hands. The thing you need to consider when set mining is the stack your opponent has behind them, their tendencies, hand strength and realistic likelihood of getting their stack.
What are the Considerations?
If your opponent is likely to have a tight range and a premium hand, your chances of getting paid are higher. Conversely, facing a player who opens lots of pots and plays well post flop, you can’t assume you will get paid off quite as easy or for the same value.
If you have a tight image, you don’t have the same implied odds necessarily as a looser image. This is because your check raises and big bets command more respect and have gravitas.
Set mining out of position is not easy. You may try for a check raise and miss a street of value when they check back and you are not closing action so it’s hard to manipulate the pot size as you can in position.
Set mining is great against donkeys, pay off wizards, nits and with deep stacks. There are plenty of these types in any online casino Singapore. To set mine profitably, consider the amount you are calling before the flop, multiply it by 8 and if your opponent has that or more and you’ve factored in the considerations above, make the call and good luck!