Playing Ax Suited Marginal Flop

Suppose you've called an elephant's early-position raise





with »|and then three other players call, including the big blind. The flop comes down —-v - V , and the big blind bets out and the elephant c alls. What do you think, a nd what do you do? I wouldn't raise, because I figure that there is an excellent chance that the big blind has me beaten, and with five players in the pot, what a re the chances that I have the best hand? But c ailing and folding are reasonable options. I would lean toward calling, but with two other people behind you and the big blind leading out, I c ould also make a pretty reasonable case for fold ing your hand right there. What did the elephant, the original raiser, call t he one bet with on this flop? It s eems pretty likely that he has A-Q, A-K, or K-Q, all of which would give him a straight d raw. The reasons why I l ean toward calling a bet on the flop in this situation are these:

1. You may have the best hand.

2 . There are already six big bets in this pot.

3. Calling wiil c ost only one more small bet, a nd perhaps both opponents behind you wiil fold t heir hands.

4 . You may hit an ace or a ten on fourth street and wind up winning this pot because you called that one bet on the flop.

5. It's possible that everyone wiil c heck the rest of t he way (no one wiil bet on fourth street or t he river) and that you win the pot because you called one small bet on the flop. ( Don't hold your breath hoping for this to happen!)

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