Flopped a Straight, what do you do here?

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Decision Point: In a Cash Game, it folds to the Cutoff who raises. You reraise from the Button with K♦J♣. The Blinds fold and the Cutoff calls. The Flop comes A♥Q♠10♣. The Cutoff bets. Action is on you, what do you do here?

Pro Answer: In this $5-10 cash game, you 3-bet on the button with KJ offsuit against a player who opens in the Cutoff seat. They call, and bet into you when you flop the nut broadway straight. Should you call or raise?

When deciding whether or not to slowplay big hands postflop, you should look at certain factors that make slowplaying more profitable. In this case, you are heads up and in position against an opponent betting into you.

Being heads up makes slowplaying more attractive, since raising will often get your single opponent to fold. Being in position allows you to guarantee each street will be bet.

Another critical factor to consider when slowplaying is the effective stack size.

Given our opponent’s stack size, we can realistically get all the chips in on the river with standard sized bets on every street. We do not require this pot to be raised postflop in order to get stacks in. This fact makes slowplaying much more attractive.

For these reasons, slowplaying is the most profitable line to take.

Calling is the best play.

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