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2NL FR, JJ checking to the raiser flop and reraising to bet

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  • 2NL FR, JJ checking to the raiser flop and reraising to bet

    On the BB pre-flop I face a raise and a small 3-bet, I just call. I hit the set on the flop, and I check to the raiser, the 1st raiser bets and the 3-bet folds. Would it be better to just call here in order to get more value? Call, check-raise turn, and bet river?

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    Originally posted by JohnPryce View Post
    On the BB pre-flop I face a raise and a small 3-bet, I just call. I hit the set on the flop, and I check to the raiser, the 1st raiser bets and the 3-bet folds. Would it be better to just call here in order to get more value? Call, check-raise turn, and bet river?
    Hi JohnPryce! Preflop I recommend folding JJ here. Stacks are not quite deep enough to make this a good spot to set mine. You are going to be out of position all hand. And, JJ doesn't play that well post flop because of all the scary overcards that can come. Moreover, there is a good chance that the original raiser will 4-bet preflop which puts you in a bad place. Also, 3-bets at 2NL, especially from early/mid positions usually are a real sign of strength. Without a read, I would fold QQ here as well. As played, you flop the jackpot with top set. The 35J rainbow board is unlikely to have helped anyone though. With all the preflop action we can assume both villain's are likely to have A10s+ or 88+ hands. Normally I like to value bet every chance I get with my stong hands. On this flop though, I think you are better off check-calling the flop. Raising will force many of the Ax hands to fold as well as 88, 99, 1010s. Moreover, your raise is really big which makes it even harder for AK or 1010 type of hands to call. A normal raise size is a bit more than the original bet. I would go between 56 and 59c here if I were to raise. Check-raising looks really strong and often shuts down the action. Here there are no hands beating you on the flop and basically no drawing threats either. We want to get all the chips in the middle if possible. But, this looks like a good spot to let the villain hang himself. We want to get maximum value out of this hand. So check-call the flop. Then you need to reevaluate on the turn. Either we can check-call again giving the villain a chance barrel the turn winning you at least one more bet. Or we can bet if we think the villain will raise us. If it is another low card, I would lean toward check-calling. With a highcard I would think it more likely to have helped helped the villain and therefore lead with a bet. I hope this helps! Gl and have fun at the tables! Roland GTX

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