K♥J♥ from the Cutoff, what do you do here?

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In a $2-5 game it folds to you in the Cutoff with K♥J♥ and you raise to $15 (the standard raise size in this game). The Button and Small Blind fold and the Big Blind calls. Villain checks the 3♦T♠9♦ flop and action is on you. What do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: We are playing in a cash game with a 3BB standard raise size. It folds to us in the Cutoff with KhJh and we raise to $15 (3BBs). Everyone folds to the Big Blind who flat calls. The flop is 3dTs9d and our opponent checks to us.

This is the type of heavily coordinated flop that favors our opponent’s range more than our own. However, we do have two overcards with a gutshot and our hand benefits from getting folds from hands like A4s or pocket fives to deny equity on the flop.

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This is the type of flop that we often might even check against tough opponents. Many of the possible holdings in our range can rarely two barrel here since we can expect our opponent to have caught some piece of this quite frequently. Bet sizing on these types of flops becomes very important.

The fact that we are c-betting less frequently in this spot on average makes our c-betting range stronger. This board is also very dynamic and we benefit greatly when our opponent folds hands like bottom pair and ace high. These factors add up to a preference for bigger than the standard ⅓ or so pot size frequently seen in today’s tough games. A healthy 5BB ($25) bet into the 6.5BB ($32) bet (around 75-80% of the pot) is a good bet size to use.

Betting (on the larger side) is the best play.

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