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Check-Raising With a Gutshot Plus Overcards

This week's hand recalls one I discussed here a couple of weeks ago in which I flopped a gutshot draw and check-raised, but the turn paired the board, forcing me to slow down. This time, though, the turn didn't pair the board, which allowed me to continue firing.

We're again at the Seminole Hard Rock and playing quite deep at more than 200 big blinds. At the 250/500/75 level, a player raised to 1,500 from the hijack seat and it folded to me in the small blind where I called with {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. The big blind called as well, making the pot a little under 5,200.

The flop came {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, giving me that gutshot straight draw plus overcards and a backdoor flush draw. Again, when I have a draw such as this plus some additional outs, I like to check-raise. It checked to the hijack who bet 2,400 (about half-pot), and I did check-raise to 7,000. The big blind folded and the hijack called, pushing the pot up over 19,000.

The {7-Spades} came on the turn, and as I mentioned this is a great card for me to bet again. Not only does it give me a double-gutshot and additional equity, but I could very easily have {j-}{8-} or sets here.

I bet 11,000, and looking back I could see betting even more in order to put my opponent in a tough spot with one-pair hands (including overpairs). My opponent then responded by shoving all in — a huge overbet to which I pretty much have to fold.

Take a look to hear me discuss the situation and what hands my opponent could have here when shoving the turn.

How do you approach this situation? With what hands would you call a turn shove? What would you do if the hijack raised a smaller amount in this situation? Let me know in the comments below.

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.

  • Hand review: @JonathanLittle check-raises a draw plus overcards in this deep-stacked tournament hand.

  • Consider how you'd approach this hand @JonathanLittle played after flopping a draw with a deep stack.

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