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Bet-Fold or Check-Call?

A common occurrence

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Jun 07, 2011


While playing $20-$40 limit hold’em, you pick up the Q♣ Q♦ in middle position. You open-raise, the button three-bets, and you go to the flop heads up. The flop comes 10♠ 7♦ 3♣. You check, and, as expected, the button bets. You figure that he has a pretty wide range here, including several pocket pairs, A-K, A-Q, and perhaps some occasional whimsical adventures. You decide to check-raise, for several reasons: • You are way ahead of most of his range. • You are out of position, which normally means that you have to take some chances to gain full value from your hand. If you just call here and check the turn, he will often just take a free card, and you will fail to profit when you are ahead. You want him to pay to draw out. • Of course, you also may be behind, in which case you ...

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