QQ vs. Solid Regular – Misplay Of The Day

UTG+1 is 26/6/0.74
Button is 18/14/3.00 and a regular play who I have played a lot with (but not in many pots)

Poker Stars, $1/$2 NL Hold’em Cash Game, 9 Players
LeggoPoker Hand History Converter

BTN: $219.05
SB: $185.55
BB: $194
UTG: $144.65
UTG+1: $143.80
UTG+2: $67.90
MP1: $214
Hero (MP2): $384.10
CO: $117

Pre-Flop: Q Q dealt to Hero (MP2)
UTG calls $2, UTG+1 raises to $6, 2 folds, Hero raises to $26, CO folds, BTN raises to $46, 4 folds, Hero calls $20

I three-bet the EP raiser with QQ, all I am really worried about is AA/KK and this players raising range is wider than this. So I’m happy to three-bet here. When the button mini-raises me I don’t quite know what to think. This player is meant to be a decent regular, it is such a bad play to minimum raise, my first instinct is that he is weak, but I should have looked deeper. The 4th bet is usually AA/KK, he has no reason to be 4 betting me here with anything less.  I’m getting over 3 to 1 on a call, I’ll be out of position, but I can pretty much assume if I hit that we are stacking off if his range is AA/KK here.

Flop: ($103) 9 4 J (2 Players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $66, Hero raises to $298, BTN calls $107.05 and is All-In

Sometimes pre-flop with QQ when I get three-bet by a loose player I would flat call and then felt QQ on a non-A/K board in this manner, but this wasn’t a three-bet pot, it was a four bet pot. I called pre-flop for set value, but abandoned that plan post-flop and donkishly stacked off.

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