Missed the Flop with A♠K♦, what do you do here?

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In a Cash Game it folds to you in Middle Position and you raise with A♠K♦. The Cutoff and the Blinds call. The Flop is Q♣J♥7♣. The Blinds check, you check, and the Cutoff bets. The Blinds fold. Action is on you, what do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: In a heads-up pot, we would never check-fold AK on this board. We would generally c-bet it out of position, or if we check, we would check-call at a minimum. Our hand has a lot of equity against our opponent's range heads-up.

However, given that this flop was seen 4-ways, the Button's betting range should be much more constricted than in a heads-up scenario. Against a range that includes top pair, club draws, straight draws, two pair and sets, we should check-fold AK no club.

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If we had held the Ace of clubs or King of clubs, we would be justified in continuing here. But with no club in our hand and facing a range that should have very few low equity stabs in it, continuing would not be profitable in the long run.

Folding is the best play.

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