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Choosing the Check-Raise: Extracting Full Value on the River

Jonathan Little


  • Lead out or go for the check-raise? @JonathanLittle analyzes a hand in which he looks get value.

  • Video analysis: Watch @JonathanLittle discuss a WPT hand ending with an interesting river decision.

In this video, I share and discuss a hand from a $3,500 buy-in World Poker Tour event I recently played.

The hand comes relatively early in the tournament and in it I’m playing against a satellite qualifier, which often leads to interesting situations. We make it to the river at which point I elect to check-raise for value with a marginal two pair.

Take a look:

Would you have played the hand the same way? 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 You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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