World Series of Poker Europe

Facing the Surprising Check-Raise Shove on the Turn: Fold or Call?

Jonathan Little
  • An opponent calling your postflop value bets wakes up w/a big check-raise shove all in. Fold or call?

  • @JonathanLittle analyzes a tough turn decision from a European Poker Tour hand. What would you do?

Sometimes you're cruising along after the flop, having made a good hand and quietly betting for value, then suddenly your opponent wakes up with a huge check-raise that puts you to a difficult decision. Such was the case for me in this week's hand from a recent European Poker Tour event.

The blinds were 600/1,200 with a 200 ante. I had about 55,000 to start the hand, and when the action folded to me on the button I raised to 2,500 with {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}. The small blind folded and a young European in the big blind with about 34,000 behind called.

The flop came {Q-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Spades} to give me top pair, my opponent checked, and I continued for 3,000 — less than 40% of the pot. My opponent called, and the turn brought the {2-Diamonds}.

Once again he checked, and I bet 6,000. Much to surprise my opponent check-raised all in for nearly 30,000.

Take a look and hear my thoughts about his all-in range in this scenario, and see what I decide to do:

Would you call with your bluff catcher in this situation, or would you fold against a random, young European here? Usually players have premium hands when they want to get their stacks in, but sometimes you will be shown a semi-bluff.

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,300,000 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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