Originally Posted by Dr_Dick
This is the point of the post..it is exactly what I am talking about. You see people raise from early position and when the flop hits T75 they check...that screams AK,AQ please bet so I can fold!!!
What neophyzer is saying is in effect if he doesn't hit a flop he is not making a continuation bet.
My counter strategy is to use pot control to allow yourself to make a continuation bet post flop when holding AK/AQ in early position. Instead of raising 5xBB, raise 2-3xBB so post flop you can comfortably make a continuation bet.
I agree that you need to continuation bet OOP most of the time, but...
You must mix it up, because if you intend to eventually move up limits, the better players will peg you, and start firing back on these types of flops... testing you big-time. Unless you can re-fire w/ air, you'll have a very difficult time against these players.
You need to be able to check when you miss... and check when you hit. You want your opponents to think, "I remember he put in a big C/R OOP post flop a couple hands ago... is he making that same play again?" (You'll be surprised at how many weak players check behind when you train them to think like this).
Obviously, you also need them to guess, "Is he continuing on the flop because he hit, or because he was the preflop raiser?"
YOU TRAIN THEM TO DO WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO!!!
The only way to attain that type power is to mix up your post flop play. Don't just continue because "the book" said so!
Continue... or don't continue... because YOU said so!