Call or Shove? Jonathan Little Flops Huge in Multi-Way, Three-Bet Pot
I’m again looking back at a hand from last year’s WSOP, this one coming from the $777 Lucky Sevens event that came near the end of the summer, a tournament that drew a big field of 4,422.
This hand comes from early on when the blinds were 50/100. I have 4,200 to start the hand, down from the starting stack of 5,000.
It begins with a maniac on my right raising to 250 from middle position. Next to act, I call holding , then a tight-aggressive player on my immediate left reraises to 675. The small blind (a straightforward player) calls as does the original raiser, and so with such good pot odds I call as well.
That means there were four of us still in with the pot up to 2,800. The flop is a good one for me, coming to give me top two pair. I have the effective nuts here, but the small blind surprisingly leads with a bet and the maniac on my right calls.
While most players would push all in here hoping to pick up the pot easily, the best play even in this multi-way situation is to call and give your opponents plenty of room to commit additional errors on the turn.
Take a look at how the hand ended up playing out:
Would you have gone all in on the flop in this situation? Let me know in a comment below.
Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,200,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at JonathanLittlePoker.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.