Back raising is THE perfect way to trap over aggressive players who love nothing
more than to 3-bet you. The best hands to do this with are generally premium hands
such as big pairs (A-A to J-J), A-K or A-Q. Lesser hands can be included if you know
there is a high chance they will fold.
The best situation to back raise is when you are in the cut-off or on the button
as the small blind and big blind will quite often 3-bet (also known as ‘Squeeze’)
light. Why do the blinds 3-bet light? Because they know a lot of people who raise
in late position do it with a very wide range, a range that can’t call a 3-bet very
often. So how do we trap these players?
When a player raises before us and we hold a monster on the button like A-A, our
default move should be to re-raise to 3 or 4x the raise. But if we have a player
in the small or big blind who we know 3-bets A LOT (because we are smart and have
Poker Tracker) then us 3-betting the raise is no longer the default play. Instead,
we would simply call the initial raise and wait for the 3-bet from the aggressive
player. Once we have been 3-bet AND the original raiser folds, we would then re-raise
(4-bet) the 3-bet. We have now just trapped a ton of money in the middle and even
if he doesn’t fold we have a monster so can comfortably stack off.