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Check-Raising the Flop With a Gutshot and Overcard

Check-Raising the Flop With a Gutshot and Overcard
  • After defending his big blind, @JonathanLittle flops a gutshot & overcard and chooses to check-raise.

  • @JonathanLittle analyzes a hand in which he plays a gutshot draw aggressively from out of position.

This week's hand comes from a $3,500 buy-in no-limit tournament I played in Florida recently, one that finds me flopping a gutshot straight draw after a blind defense and then getting after it with check-raise on the flop.

The blinds were 75/150 with a 25 ante and action began with a tight-aggressive player on the button raising to 400. Action folded to me in the big blind where I called with {J-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. As I mention in the video below, I'm generally more likely to defend somewhat widely once antes are in play, given the better pot odds to do so.

The flop came {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and I checked, and my opponent bet 625 (a little over half-pot). I then decided to check-raise to 1,600.

Check-raising with just a gutshot and an overcard might seem a little strange, but keep in mind this board contains cards that are good for my range — indeed better for mine than my opponent's range.

My opponent called, bringing the pot up to 4,300, then the turn brought the {5-Hearts}. When I check-raised the flop, I knew then that I would want to barrel the turn, too. But this board-pairing five actually isn't such a great card for me as my opponent, if he had any made hand at all, would certainly call another bet.

So I checked and he checked back (thankfully), then the river brought the {K-Clubs}. Time to bluff! Take a look at how I played the river, see how things turned out, and hear my analysis all along the way in this hand:

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,700,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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