Playing KK

By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney


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  1. (0:00) Intro
  2. (1:05) Hand 1 - What is Karma? (KK on 6A8 flop)
    Getting 4bet preflop. Do you call and play the flop or just shove preflop? Then playing with an Ace on the flop in a very low (0.7) SPR pot. [Bet sizing]
  3. (5:59) Hand 2 - London bridge (KK on 5J3 flop)
    Facing a 3bet from the BB after raising with KK from early position. Playing on a board with undercards when tight opponent is betting in to Hero. Can you fold KK when in position and there are only undercards (and no obvious draws) on the board?
  4. (10:22) Hand 3 - So lovely (KK on 38J flop)
    Deep stacks and getting 3bet preflop. Common postflop scenario.
  5. (15:08) Hand 4 - Spoiled milk (KK on 52A flop)
    Squeezing with KK. One player calls and Ace on the flop. How do you play KK in position after squeezing and an Ace hits?
  6. (19:21) Hand 5 - Tax evasion (KK on 5K2 flop)
    Flopping top set after 3betting with KK preflop. How do you get the most value with a monster set when playing out of position? [Flopped Monsters]
  7. (25:16) Hand 6 - Double negative (KK on 8TQ flop)
    Squeezing in the big blind. Playing a coordinated flop against a nitty player out of position. [Maximize value]
  8. (29:21) Hand 7 - A donking donk (KK on 25T flop)
    Isolating a fish preflop. Perfect flop for maximizing value with KK against a bad player, but the fish donks. How do you react to a donk bet with a strong hand on the flop? [Isolating]
  9. (33:08) Video recap

Playing KK.


  • Type: Hand Replayer
  • Stakes: $50NL
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:34:26
  • Added: 20 September 2012

Video overview.

Another hand-specific strategy video from SplitSuit. This one is dedicated to playing KK preflop and postflop in NLHE. The action takes place on a Full Ring table (9 players), but as usual the majority of the concepts can easily be applied to 6max games.

SplitSuit answers common preflop questions when playing KK, such as:

  • Should we 3bet KK?
  • How should we react against 3bets?
  • Do we want to 4bet KK?

After the preflop discussion, there is obviously a bunch of postflop KK strategy:

  • What's the standard postflop strategy for playing KK? (Hand 3)
  • How do you play KK when there is an Ace on the flop? (Hand 1, Hand 4)
  • How do you get the most value after flopping a set with KK? (Hand 5)

SplitSuit has selected a fun set of hand histories that cover a wide range of SPRs, so the strategy and advice thoroughly covers all kind of flop scenarios.

An Ace On The Flop When Holding KK
One of – if not the – most frustrating situations in Texas Hold'em. Learn how to make it a little less awkward in Hand 1 and Hand 4.

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About SplitSuit.

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney is author of Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics. He also coaches at his personal website He uses the alias *Split* at the 2+2 forums, which is where you can find his famous contributions to the COTW thread.

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