5♠6♠ on a Missed Flop, what do you do here?

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DECISION POINT:
In a Tournament with blinds of 1500/3000, it folds around to you on the Button with 5♠6♠ and you raise 2.5x the BB. The Small Blind calls and the Big Blind folds. On a J♣T♠2♣ flop the SB checks and action is on you. What do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: This flop is problematic to continuation bet after you open from the Button and face a flat call from the Small Blind.

Your range is extremely wide, while SB's is highly condensed (few weak hands and few premium hands, mostly medium strength hands). This flop hits their range extremely well.

This situation is actually one of the few spots where the preflop caller has a significant range equity advantage right away on the flop.

Continued below...

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Against tougher opponents, we should not c-bet in this spot despite having backdoor equity in the form of a spade draw.

It's still profitable to c-bet against weak competition that is calling too wide preflop, but against competent players we should check behind.

Checking back on the flop is the best play.

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