Originally Posted by mixgameADDict
Sg's point about position on future streets is imo the most persuasive one (ceteris paribus) to recommend playing Q5 over 97 and a factor that honesty slipped my mind. Imo this factor (not to discount the "playability" of a smoother draw) tips the decision so consider me convinced.
Also, you're right in saying that Q5 will sometimes find itself in difficult spots on later streets, but comparatively less often than 97. Also, remember that we're talking about a 3-way pot here (at least I am) and the value of smooth draws goes way up in multiway pots because you tend to get paid off much more handsomely when you get there.