Your call – what do you do facing a big raise on the river with just one pair?’s Karl Mahrenholz tests out your poker skills with this tough hand from a recent major tournament. Can you work out the best move?

EVENT: £1,000+£80
STACK: 60,000
BLINDS: 500/1,000/a100

This hand comes from the first level of Day 2 in the GUKPT Luton main event. The average stack is around 50k and levels are 60 minutes long. There are around 80 players left with 23 getting paid. The table is a good mix of local players and circuit pros. The Villain in this hand is a professional player who was on my table for most of Day 1. He played very aggressively, especially in position. I called him down light in one of the hands we played together towards the end of the first day and generally I didn’t give him much credit.

In this hand the action is folded to the player in mid-position who raises to 2,200. The Villain calls on the button (from a stack of 75,000) and, after the small blind folds, I put in the extra from the big blind with Q♣-8♣. The flop is Q-7-2 rainbow. I lead out for 2,500 into 8,000, the original raiser folds and the player on the button calls.

The turn is the J♣ giving me a flush draw. I check, expecting my opponent to bet, but he checks behind. The river is an offsuit Nine and I bet 5,000 into 13,000. After a short think my opponent raises to 23,000. What is my best play and why?

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