A♠A♦ vs a Donk Lead, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Tournament, an Under The Gun player limps and you 3x raise from early position with A♠A♦. The Cutoff calls as does the original limper. UTG checks the K♠Q♠4♦ flop and you bet 275 into the 405 pot. Cutoff folds and UTG calls. Villain leads out 90 on the 7♣ turn and action is on you. What do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: We raise over a limper preflop and get two callers. On a coordinated board we continuation bet two thirds of the pot and are called by the UTG limper. Even thought the board is coordinated, a smaller continuation bet is preferred here.
A half pot bet often gets the job done reasonably well in multiway pots where our opponents tend to behave much more straightforward. On the turn, the UTG limper leads into us for 90 chips into a 955 chip pot.
This is a situation that comes up fairly often, particularly in the lower stakes games although it can happen at any stakes! These “donk leads” for super small amounts can be somewhat confusing. A donk lead is simply a player leading out into the aggressor in the hand. In this case we are the aggressor since we bet on the previous street. We need to have a solid default plan in place for these situations
Without a player specific read, we should treat these situations the same as if Villain had not bet in the first place. In this situation, had Villain checked to us with a 1,045 chip pot, we would by default bet around half pot (around 525 chips). Given that this is over half of the remaining effective stack we should just move all-in here.
Moving all-in is the best play.
How would you play it?
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