In my last article, we talked about bet sizing, and how you want to skew your bets either larger or smaller, based on your opponent’s inelastic calling or folding ranges.
I gave the example of an opponent who would be indifferent to any c-bet size between $10 and $20 (would always call if he hit the flop, always fold otherwise). In this case, want to c-bet closer to $20 with strong hands, and closer to $10 with weak hands. In the long run, this will earn us more money with our value hands, and save us money with our bluffs.
I was recently told about an interesting scenario that causes headaches for many amateur poker players. In a micro-stakes $.05/$.10 cash game, the player in the hijack seat raised to $.30 out of his $10 effective stack and our Hero 3-bet from the button to $.90 with K-K.
I was recently told about a hand that illustrates a common bet sizing mistake that many amateur poker players make on a regular basis. In a $2/$5 nine-handed cash game with $575 effective stacks, first position, third position, lojack, hijack, and small blind all limped. Hero checkedfrom the big blind.
I was recently told about a hand from one of my students that illustrates a detrimental flaw in the strategy of many amateur poker players. In a $20 buy-in online tournament with blinds at 20/40 with a 5 ante, everyone folded to a tight, aggressive player in middle position who raised to 80 out of his 1,200 effective stack. Our Hero decided to call on the button with. Everyone else folded.
With the current availability of powerful poker solvers such as PokerSnowie and Pio Solver, much poker theory nowadays revolves around Game Theory Optimal (GTO) play. These are all good and fine for establishing a solid baseline to play from. However, sticking rigidly to a GTO-style could mean that you are missing out on some very profitable opportunities.
I was recently told about a hand that illustrates why slow playing is such a bad strategy. In a $2/$5 cash game, everyone folded around to a really tight old guy who limped for $5 out of his $1,300 effective stack. Hero decided to raise to $15 with
Proper bet sizing is one of the trickiest aspects of No-Limit hold’em. It’s what makes no-limit poker so much more complicated than fixed-limit. As a poker coach, the question I get asked about most often is about bet sizing. “I know I should bet here, I just don’t know how much to bet.”
While a complete discussion of bet sizing is beyond the scope of this article, there are a few general tips I can give. The most important part of good bet sizing is being goal oriented. We have to first think about what we’re trying to accomplish, who our opponents are, and then arriving at the proper bet size is simple.
I was recently told about a hand from a $50 buy-in online tournament that illustrates a common mistake many recreational players make on a regular basis. With blinds at 30/60 with a 5 ante, everyone folded to our Hero in the cutoff who raised to 150 out of his 1,600 effective stack with. Unknown players on the button and big blind called.
The flop came, giving Hero trips. The pot was 510 with 1,450 remaining in the stacks. The big blind checked and Hero checked as well.
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