2022 888poker XL Winter Series

Getting Check-Raised with Pocket Aces on a King-High Board

Jonathan Little

Today I’m looking back at a hand I played at last year’s WSOP, again from the $1,111 Little One for One Drop.

It’s Day 2 and I have a decent stack of about 250,000 at the 3,000/6,000/1,000 level. As you’ll see below, I’m dealt {a-Hearts}{a-Spades} under the gun and raise, and am only called by the loose-aggressive player in the small blind (who has me well covered).

The flop comes {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, my opponent checks, I continuation bet, and my opponent calls. Then after an innocuous-looking turn card — the {3-Spades} — he takes an interesting line of check-raising big, effectively putting me all in.

When there are very few possible premium made hands in your opponent’s range, you have to be willing to get your entire stack in the pot with what is an effective bluff catcher. Take a look at the hand and hear my thinking regarding this turn decision:

Do you put your chips in happily in this spot, or do you take the cautious route of folding? 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.

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  • @Jonathan Little faces a big turn check-raise holding pocket aces on a king-high board. Stay or fold?

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