Top Pair vs an All-In and Call, what do you do?

DECISION POINT: In a $1-2 Cash Game, you complete with A♠T♠ from the Small Blind and see the A♣4♦2♥ flop with 6 opponents. You lead out on the flop and UTG and Button call. On the 5♣ turn you check, UTG goes all-in, and the Button calls with chips behind. Action is back on you, what do you do here?

PRO ANSWER:  Our decision to complete from the Small Blind with AT suited against so many limpers is a very reasonable one. Our hand plays well multiway and isn’t quite strong enough to happily get it in preflop if UTG limp reraises all-in after we raise. 

However, with this many opponents on the flop, we should check our top pair and attempt to put in as little money as possible postflop in the hopes of getting to a cheap showdown.

As played after we bet the flop, there are now two preflop limpers going to the turn with us in a 7 way limped pot. Both opponents have many wheel cards in their limping ranges and this particular board has so many combos of sets, two pair, and straights possible after the 5 hits.

The Button has so many 3x hands in their range (A3, 43, 23, 53) that check-folding the turn should be our default play with top pair. We should be putting UTG on a range of sets, straights, and possibly two pair. The Button’s range is likely a straight and very occasionally a set. We are drawing essentially dead the vast majority of the time.

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It’s true that many opponents at low stakes will call with somewhat thin draws, but when nearly 3 times the pot goes in and gets called, their hands are relatively face up.

Folding is the best play.

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