K♥K♣ on the Flop, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Cash Game, a Middle Position player raises, the Hijack calls, and it folds to you in the Big Blind with K♥K♣. You reraise, the Middle Position player calls, and the Hijack folds. The Flop comes A♠Q♠4♦. Action is on you, what do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: Continuation betting in a 3-bet pot against a single opponent allows us to stay consistent with our entire range. Given the low SPR (stack to pot ratio) on the flop, we can size down our c-bet with our entire range.
A c-bet of $35 would work well. We can then bet again on the turn with another small bet, somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 into a $170 pot.
With this line of betting small on the flop and turn, we control the size of the pot while simultaneously charging hands with a small number of outs against our KK. We should then check the river if we get called on the turn and usually fold to an all-in against most opponents.
Playing KK on a Ace high board is sometimes tricky, but having a range where we bet small on flop and turn with both strong hands, pot control type hands, and some bluffs, allows us to get to rivers more often with fewer chips at risk.
This is a very useful line for hands that are often best but do poorly with significant action, such as this KK.
Betting around 1/4 to 1/3 of the pot is the best play.
How would you play it?
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