K♦Q♣ on the Turn, what do you do here?
Decision Point: In a Cash Game, it folds around to the Hijack who raises. You reraise with K♦Q♣ from the Cutoff seat. The Button and Small Blind fold. The Big Blind calls and the Hijack folds. The Flop comes Q♦8♣3♥. The Big Blind checks, and you make a continuation bet. The Big Blind calls. The Turn is the 10♣. The Big Blind checks. Action is on you, what do you do here?
Pro Answer: We chose to 3-bet preflop with our KQ against the player in the Hijack seat and got cold called by the player in the Big Blind. On the flop, we made top pair and continuation bet after our lone opponent checked to us. They chose to call our continuation bet and check to us on the turn.
When a player cold calls a 3-bet preflop, they are more likely to have a narrow hand range. Once they call our flop bet, we can eliminate many of the hands they could hold that are worse than our hand.
Betting our hand again will only narrow their hand range even further, to the point of diminishing the value of our hand.
We should not bet again on the turn but instead we should check behind in an attempt to get our hand to showdown against what is now a fairly narrow range of hands. There aren’t enough worse hands than KQ in our opponent’s hand range that can call multiple bets postflop.
Checking on the turn is the best play.
What would you do here?
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