Flopped a Big Draw Multiway, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Tournament, an Under the Gun player raises and a Middle Position player calls, you call from Middle Position with 8♦9♦, and so do the Button and Big Blind. The Flop is 6♦7♠2♦. The Big Blind checks, UTG bets, and MP1 calls. Action is on you, what do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: With a 15 out big draw in this multiway pot, we can play the same way we would play a set or two pair. Raising on the flop will create fold equity to go along with our hand's equity.
In this case, we will often have around 50% equity against our opponents hand range. Combining our hand's equity this with fold equity makes for a very profitable spot overall.
Calling is also profitable, but against most opponent hand ranges raising will be even more profitable since we can fold out a variety of made hands from the UTG player.
In addition, since the pot is multiway, we can deny equity to the remaining opponents in the hand. They will be forced to fold many hands that have equity in the pot.
With very big draws, we must be comfortable playing them aggressively some of the time. This will allow us to have a more balanced raising range on the flop that includes draws as well as big made hands.
Raising is the best play.
How would you play it?
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