Q♠Q♦ on the Flop, what do you do here?

DECISION POINT: In a Cash Game, the Hijack raises, the Small Blind reraises and you 4-bet with Q♠Q♦. The Hijack calls and the Small Blind Folds. The Flop comes 3♣5♦9♥. Action is on you, what do you do here?

PRO ANSWER: As played, shoving on the flop is very profitable. Even if we assume Hijack’s range after flatting the 4-bet is fairly narrow — no wider than JJ+, AKs, AKo — we would still be correct to shove on the flop with QQ.

As long as our opponent has AK and JJ in their range, this would be a long term winning shove with QQ. There may be some opponents that never flat call with AK or JJ and always 4-bet or fold with those hands, meaning their flat-call range is only QQ+, but that type of opponent is more rare and we would need historical evidence to know that.

Even though their flat-call of the 4-bet represents a significant portion of the effective stack, we should not assume they always have KK+.

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Against a default opponent, their range is often at least JJ+ AKs, AKo and wider, making QQ a very profitable flop shove.

Moving all-in is the best play.

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