Jonathan Little Flops Trips, But the Board Runs Out Poorly

Jonathan Little
  • @JonathanLittle analyzes a multi-way hand that starts well for him, but the board gets messy.

  • How would you play this $5,000 tournament hand in which @JonathanLittle flops trip queens?

This hand comes from a $5,000 Main Event I played recently. It's early in the tournament, with the blinds 100/200 with a 25 ante.

A tight-aggressive player opened from under the gun to 550, a 50-year-old guy in middle position called, then it folded to me in the cutoff where I had {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} and called. The big blind called as well, so there were four of us in the hand when the flop came {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{J-Spades}, giving me trip queens.

It folded around to me, and in the video below I talk about what each of the players checking before me probably says about their hands. With just over 2,500 in the pot, I bet 1,500, and only the 50-year-old guy in middle position called. Again, I talk about what his call might mean and how it narrows his range.

The turn was the {K-Clubs}, and after my opponent checked I bet 2,200 (about 40 percent of the pot) and he called, making the pot almost 10,000. The river then brought the {9-Hearts}, making for a poorly-run out board for me. See what happened and hear how I discuss both my play and that of my opponent:

It is important to understand that you will not always win with your normally-premium hands. When that happens, remain calm and continue playing your best poker. Do not let the common short-term fluctuations of the game bother you.

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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