K♠Q♣ vs 2 Opponents, what do you do here?

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Decision Point: In a Cash Game, it folds around to the Button who limps preflop. You are in the Small Blind with K♠Q♣ and you raise. The Big Blind calls and the Button calls. The flop is 10♠8♠8♥. Action is on you, what do you do?

Pro Answer: In this hand the Button chooses to open limp while we have KQ offsuit in the Small Blind. Offsuit Broadway hands like KQ play best in heads-up pots where we are the preflop aggressor.

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The Button can be limping with a very wide range of hands and KQ offsuit is likely well ahead of that range. One of the biggest mistakes that players make is playing far too many hands preflop, so we want to make sure we exploit the Button for entering the pot passively with a wide range here by raising.

We make it 5 BB and both the Big Blind and the Button call. The flop is fairly coordinated and will likely connect often with our opponent’s ranges. The Button’s range consists of several hands such JT/QJ/QT/T9/J9/97 that are all going to continue on this board. Even the Big Blind’s range has many Tx hands and pocket pairs in their range.

When out of position against two players on a coordinated board it is quite unlikely that both opponents will fold to our continuation bet. In addition, our hand is not likely to improve on future streets.

Rather than making an unprofitable continuation bet, we should elect to check and fold.

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