Q♠Q♥ on the Flop, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Cash Game, a Middle Position Player raises, and you reraise with Q♠Q♥. Both Blinds call as does MP1. The Flop is 7♥8♦4♣. The Blinds check and MP1 (who you know to be a “loose-aggressive” player) bets. Action is on you, what do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: In spite of having 3 opponents, our hand is very strong because of the low SPR and our history with the Villain. There are plenty of hands in Villain’s range that might bet for value that are behind our QQ.
When the Stack to Pot Ratio (SPR) is this low, all overpairs become stronger hands that must be taken to showdown in most cases.
We can raise the flop in this hand both for value and to deny equity to many hands in Villain’s range as well as hands in the SB and BB’s ranges.
Since a standard raise is around half the effective stack, moving all-in makes sense for our raise sizing and is our best default line here.
If we are up against an opponent that we know might continue to bluff whenever they sense they might have fold equity, we could choose to raise a smaller amount to induce more action.
Making a very small raise can be the most profitable line to exploit certain specific opponents.
But without any other information, shoving is the best default line.
Moving all-in on the flop is the best play.
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