T♠T♥ vs a Check-Raise, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Cash Game, it folds to the Hijack who raises. The Cutoff folds and you reraise from the Button with T♠T♥. The Small Blind folds, the Big Blind calls, and the Hijack calls. The Flop comes 9♥8♦4♠. The Big Blind and Hijack check, and you bet. The Big Blind check-raises. The Hijack folds. Action is on you, what do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: You reraise preflop with pocket tens against a Middle Position raise. The player in the Big Blind cold-calls and the Middle Position player calls as well. The player in the Big Blind check-raises your continuation bet on the flop. We have to decide between folding, calling, or reraising.
In this 6-handed cash game, we reraised on the button with TT after the initial raise from the Hijack seat. The Big Blind cold-called our reraise and the Hijack called as well. After continuation betting on a nine high board, the Big Blind chooses to make a small check-raise.
Given the remaining stack sizes, we will likely get stacks all-in on the turn if we choose to call. We are essentially deciding between taking this hand to an all-in showdown or folding now.
Our opponent chose to cold-call a preflop 3-bet from the Big Blind. This typically indicates a narrow hand range consisting of hands such as big pairs or big broadway cards. A range of TT+, AQ+ would be a reasonable estimate.
On the flop, this check-raise represents an even narrower hand range, often sets and JJ+. Our TT is way behind this range and we should fold as a default play in this situation.
Without any solid historical opponent information to change these ranges, continuing in this hand will not be profitable.
We would need information that our opponent both cold-calls preflop 3-bets with wide hand ranges AND chooses to check-raise flops with wide hand ranges in order to continue with our TT here.
Opponents that do both of these things are rare, so folding is the correct play.
What would you do here?
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