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A Postflop Challenge: Trying to Get Value After Turning the Nuts

A Postflop Challenge: Trying to Get Value After Turning the Nuts
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  • The good news: @JonathanLittle turns the nuts. The bad news: he's in a challenging spot to get paid.

  • Hand analysis: @JonathanLittle turns the nut flush and has to decide how best to try to get value.

This week's hand comes from a $3,500 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament and features one of those "good news, bad news" situations that often come up in poker. The good news is I turn a very strong hand, but the bad news is I find myself in a challenging position to get much value out of it.

With a stack of 30,000, the blinds 50/100, and the table playing six-handed, I was dealt {K-Hearts}{9-Hearts} under the gun and chose to raise to 300. Only the button called, and the flop came {7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}.

In the video below I discuss how I compared my likely range to my opponent's likely range, then how I decided to bet 700 with my flush draw (about two-thirds pot). My opponent called.

The turn then brought the {A-Hearts}, giving me the nut flush and also that challenge I mentioned before to try to figure out how to get paid.

How would you approach this situation? Would you slow play, bet small, or bet large? See what I chose to do and how things played out:

Looking back, my decision to bet just over half-pot on the turn was probably a mistake. I could see either betting much smaller or (even better) betting bigger here as a better way to target my opponent's likely range. What do you think?

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 JonathanLittlePoker.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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