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Playing Pocket Queens in a Four-Way Pot

Jonathan Little
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Here's another fun no-limit hold'em tournament hand in which I play a big pocket pair against multiple opponents.

With the blinds 75/150, a player in middle position raised to 400 and the hijack called. I looked down at {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} in the cutoff and reraised to just under 1,600. (Looking back I would have liked to have three-bet more, say around 2,000.)

The small blind cold-called, and the original raiser and player in the hijack both called as well, meaning there were four us in the hand to see the flop come {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}.

Realistically I should only be behind pocket nines, threes, or twos, and so when it folded around to me I knew I wanted to bet, but I had to decide how much. I also needed to think about what I would do if I were to bet here and get raised — including if someone shoved all in over the top.

There was almost 6,500 in the middle and I had about 21,500 behind. I chose to bet 2,000, and the small blind responded by raising all in for almost 13,500. The other two players folded, and the action was back on me.

Take a look below to hear my thought process regarding the bet sizes in the hand as well as my flop decision, and see how things turned out:

As I explain in the video, I ultimately didn't have too difficult of a decision here — calling the shove was the choice to make. But it's still good to think through all decisions and understand why we make them.

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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