K♥K♦ vs a Flop Check-Raise, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Cash Game, an Early Position Player raises, and you reraise with K♥K♦. It folds around to the EP player who calls. The Flop is A♥5♥3♦. Your opponent checks. You bet, and your opponent raises all-In. Action is on you, what do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: As a default, we could put Villain on a hand range going to the flop of pairs, big broadway aces and some occasional suited broadway hands.
Once they check-raise all-in after we c-bet on this Ace high flop, Villian's range of hands narrows significantly. We shouldn’t assume Villain will check-raise all-in here with hands such as JJ or TT that we dominate.
Most opponents won't take that action with those hands. So our assessment of their hand range must change after they check-raise the flop.
After the check-raise, we could put them on a range of big aces, sets and occasional flush draws with a hand like QhJh. Against that range, we are well behind with KhKd and should just fold our hand.
Even though we will sometimes be folding the best hand, we are too far behind their range to continue here.
Folding is the best play.
How would you play it?
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