Last night I was playing in a $1/2 holdem cash game at a friend’s house.
I was down a little bit when this happened.
I have Kd Qd in the hijack seat. After one limper in front of me, I raise to $11. The button (we’ll call him “Chris”) calls, saying that if I had raised any more than that, he would have folded. Both blinds fold and the limper also folds. We are heads up. He started the hand with about $190-200 and I have him covered; but not by very much.
Flop ($27): Qc Td 5d.
I have top pair, 2nd best kicker, and a 2nd nut flush draw. In the era of Facebook, this is a “like.”
I’ve played with Chris several times before. He is a pretty straightforward player, who treats others as straightforward too. He makes decisions on later streets as much based on the size of the bet as based on the logic.
So I look in his direction and ask him, “What is your budget for this flop?”
And he answers, “$21.”
I am wondering if this means $21 is the top of his calling range, or the bottom of his folding range. Since I definitely want to get more money in this pot, I’m going to be close to that, but slightly less. I bet $18.
Now Chris grabs a large stack of chips that looks like about $75 or $80, without taking the time to count them out, and places them in front of himself as a raise.
Huh? On the one hand, I loved this flop. On the other hand, right now all I have is a pair of Queens and a good draw, and Chris is the sort of player who rarely (never?) raises like this on the flop without a 2-pair ++ hand.
What should KKing David do now? And why?