K♣Q♣ Facing a Check-Raise, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Tournament, a weaker player limps Under the Gun and you raise K♣Q♣ to isolate them. On a 3-way 7♠7♣2♦ flop, the UTG player check-raises your c-bet. Action is on you, what do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: The fact that Villain is a weaker player makes raising preflop to isolate them a very attractive play. On the flop, c-betting will be profitable due to our range advantage against both opponents. A smaller c-bet size would likely be more profitable in the long run, although this sizing is not a large mistake.
Once our c-bet gets raised, we should simply fold our hand. Weaker players will generally not check-raise bluff with the frequency needed for us to continue with our overcards and backdoor flush draw.
Against a tougher or more GTO opponent, we should continue by calling. Our hand has the ability to turn equity and we must defend against the flop check-raise with an appropriate frequency in order to not be exploited. This hand is a good one to include in the range with which we will defend against the check-raise.
When Villain is a weaker player, that is far less of a concern. Their range is likely very value heavy, meaning they will rarely bluff in this spot.
Folding is the best play.
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