Trip Tens on the Flop, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a live $2-5 game, a Middle Position player raises to $15 and Hijack reraises to $50. The Button calls, the Small Blind Folds, and you call from the Big Blind with T♦T♥. You check the T♠6♦J♠ flop as does MP1. The Hijack bets $125, the Button calls, and action is on you. What do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: A player in Middle Position raises to $15 and another player on the Hijack makes it $50. There is a cold call on the Button and it is folds to us in the Big Blind with pocket tens. With the effective stack so large (just over $1000) we can call for under 5% of the effective stack with a pocket pair against what should be a very narrow, premium hand range.
This is an excellent spot for us to play our pocket tens speculatively and just call. We are close to closing the action and given the amount of money in the pot, the initial raiser should only be reraising here with very premium hands given the great price on calling.
We call as does MP1 and see a flop of Ts6dJs. This is a great situation for us. We could lead out, but checking will generally be the better play here.
Any spade, king, queen, nine, or eight on the turn potentially gives us a second best hand against many of the potential draws and perhaps more importantly would scare away action from some of the bigger hands our opponents could have, especially the preflop raiser who could easily have an overpair at this point.
We decide to check and it is checked around to the initial raiser who makes it $125. The Button, who cold called preflop, calls and the action is on us.
This is an excellent spot for a check-raise. If the Middle Position player does have an overpair they certainly could believe we would make this play with many drawing hands or even bigger top pair hands and quickly commit themselves drawing super thin.
Our default for reraises is 3x the initial bet but given that there is a caller we want to size up to account for the call and not give everyone too good of a price here. A raise in the neighborhood of $450-$500 should be enough to punish drawing hands but also induce action from overpairs and other big hands.
Raising is the best play.
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