Originally Posted by lukyl
By just flatting the raise, aren't i losing alot of value though? So many times i would be facing just a Qx slow play, or a passive mid pocket who doesn't believe i would have made anything from the river that would make sense for him to not get it in. Also Ax hero shoves thinking im just being overly aggressive...
This is where you need to think what his range is that you beat, and what his range is that you lose to.
Anything with a Q, like KQ, AQ, bets the flop and turn to extract value. So very doubtful he has a Q.
What does he 3 bet you with on the river which you are beating? I just can't see anything other than AQ, and surely AQ flats your raise as there are straight and house draws there for things like 44, 22, 33, which would easily be in your range when you flat a 3x bet in the BB.
It's one of those hands where you only get called by something beating you. But that doesnt mean you shouldnt be range merging....... Sometimes.