Top Pair on the Turn, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Cash Game, a Middle Position player raises, and you reraise from the Cutoff with A♠Q♣. The Button calls, the Blinds fold, and the Middle Position player folds. The Flop is Q♥5♥6♦. You bet, and the Button calls. The Turn is the 9♥. Action is on you, what do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: Due to the low Stack to Pot Ratio (SPR) on the flop, we should be willing to get it in on the turn even when a flush card hits.
We should generally bet the turn again in this spot rather than check. Checking gives our opponent a free card when they want to take it and allows them to realize their equity with more of their range. With no heart in our hand, it's especially important to bet.
Given that we don't have much more than a pot size bet left in the effective stack, moving all-in on the turn will be the most profitable line. We can still get calls from worse hands, plus we most effectively deny our opponent equity with much of their range.
If we had the A♥, we could bet smaller or even check on this turn. However, without the A♥, we should simply jam the turn.
Moving all-in is the best play.
How would you play it?
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