K♠K♣ vs a Turn Bet, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a live $1-3 game, you raise from Under the Gun to $15 with K♠K♣ and get a call from the Cutoff. On the 2♦8♦2♣ flop you bet $10, Villain raises to $30, and you call. You check the Q♥ turn and Villain bets $55. Action is on you, what do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: We raised to $15 in early position and had only one caller. The flop comes 2-8-2 with two diamonds which is quite favorable for our range. Given our overwhelming range advantage in this situation and the dryness of the flop, we can bet a smaller amount with our entire range, often times around 40% of the pot.
We bet $10, or a little closer to 30% of the pot, which is a little smaller than our desired c-bet sizing in this spot. Villain raises to $30 giving us a tremendous price to continue with a hand that is near the top end of our range.
Some players would be tempted to reraise in this spot, however we are still relatively deep given the starting SPR was above 6. If we choose an ultra aggressive line and get all-in, we are likely to make our opponent fold all of those hands we have drawing very thin and they only continue with the hands that have us drawing to two outs.
Our best line in this situation is to keep all of those hands that are drawing very thin in Villain’s range, and at the same time under represent our hand so that we can get to showdown versus the part of their range that we beat more easily.
After calling the flop we elect to check the queen turn and our opponent bets $55. We are still significantly ahead of their range and our hand is massively under represented. This is a great place to continue our plan of getting to showdown versus a wide range.
Calling is the best play.
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