Question of the Day

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Your Hand
Small blind
Big blind


In this hand of a six-max game online you raise from early position to $7 and a solid player calls on the button. A loose player calls in the big blind. The flop comes K K 7 and the big blind checks. You bet $16; the button calls; the big blind folds. The turn comes the Q and you fire a second barrel to $35. The button calls and the river comes J.

What should you do?

Correct Answer: Check-fold

This sounds counterintuitive, since you were betting with nothing the whole way and back yourself into the nut straight, but you have to think objectively. What did your opponent call you down with? He called both the flop and the turn. There are no draws on the flop, so he must have a piece. That leaves triple kings, sevens-full and random pairs like 99 etc. On the turn when he calls again you can discount those random weak pairs. So he has three of a kind or a full house. Which three kings can he have? Well, a decent player is seldom going to call an early-position raise with K-T, so you can discount that, and he is going to almost always be three-betting A-K. That leaves K-Q and K-J. So now the only thing really in his range is kings-full and sevens-full. Betting the river accomplishes nothing. Thus, check and hope he checks through for some reason. But if he bets, you are clearly behind and should fold.

  • Check-call (33%)
  • Check-fold (6%)
  • Check-raise (11%)
  • Bet (50%)
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