Q♦J♦ on the Flop, what do you do here?
Decision Point: In a Tournament, it folds to you on the Button with Q♦J♦, and you raise. The Small Blind folds and the Big Blind calls. The flop comes 10♦3♣9♦. The Big Blind checks, and you bet. The Big Blind raises. Action is on you, what do you do here?
Pro Answer: During level 2 of a live tournament, we open raise on the Button and get a single caller from the Big Blind. After flopping an open-ended straight flush draw, our continuation bet on the flop is check-raised.
Whenever you have a draw and there is action, you should develop the habit of calculating your pot odds and estimating your implied odds to see whether or not you can call profitably. However, when you flop a big draw of 12 or more outs (in this case 15 outs), you can play these draws the same way you would play a big made hand such as a set.
These draws have so much equity that playing them aggressively will usually be the most profitable line to take with them. By playing them aggressively, you can sometimes win an uncontested pot.
In this case, you should reraise the player in the Big Blind. Since a standard reraise would represent more than a third of remaining stacks, you can simply move all-in on this flop.
By moving all-in, you will sometimes win the pot on the flop. When your all-in is called, you will still win around half of those times. Overall, this is a very profitable spot to shove.
Moving all-in is the best play.
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