Top Pair vs a Check-Raise, what do you do here?

Top Pair vs a Check-Raise-optmzd.gif

DECISION POINT: It folds to you on the Button with A♣7♥ and you raise. Both Blinds call. The flop comes A♠2♠Q♦. Both Blinds check and you make a continuation bet of half the pot. The Small Blind check-raises to 2.5x your bet. Action is on you, what do you do?

PRO ANSWER: We raised the Button and were called by both the Small Blind and the Big Blind. On the coordinated board of As2sQd, our continuation bet was check-raised by the Small Blind.

This check-raise in a multiway pot (the Big Blind was still in the hand at the time of the check-raise) represents a stronger range of hands than if the check-raise occurred in a heads-up pot. This means the Small Blind is less likely to be making this play with a wide range of hands and is more likely to have a strong made hand or a draw. In addition, this check-raise represents a significant portion of the Small Blind’s stack, further reducing the likelihood that this is a weak hand or a bluff.

Our A7 offsuit is behind the Small Blind’s range of hands given those assumptions and we should fold our hand on the flop. Recognizing situations where your opponents are likely to have narrow hand ranges is crucial in avoiding losing chips unnecessarily.

You should fold here and move on to the next hand.

How would you play it?
Share your answer in the comments below!

How Will LearnWPT Help My Poker Game?

You'll have a laser focus on the essentials of winning play, transforming the games of rank beginners, skilled amateurs, and aspiring professionals, by helping them build winning habits and fundamental strategic concepts into simple rules they can use to govern their play and inform their decision-making process.

You'll get a "safe house" for your poker game, a judgement-free zone to take a step back from the micro-decisions of any given hand, session, or tournament, and focus on the fundamentals of winning at poker.

A steady approach your game can rely on. We start with the foundations of winning play, and build from there.

Avoid fluff and focus on giving you ONLY the info you need to go out and start playing better TODAY (without needing an Advanced Degree...).

For Just $5 get your First Month of Membership you'll have access to the first 16 Strategy Episodes from LearnWPT!

Monthly and Yearly Members have access to All Previous Strategy Episodes. Easily watch and enjoy in 15 minutes (or less).

Posted on Tags