Originally Posted by Double-A
You're LESS likely to win the pot when someone calls your c-bet. If your heads up on the flop and your opponent folds to your c-bet then you win 100% of the time. If they call then they still have a chance to win.
The intent of a c-bet is to win the pot when you miss or build the pot when you're ahead. Sometimes you won't know which intention you're accomplishing but either is better than the alternatives of: folding the best hand, failing to bet the best hand, or giving a free card.
The question can be carried a lot further but looking to apply generalized concepts to increasingly specific situations will only get confusing. You should try posting specific c-betting situations that stumped you and let some more experienced CC'ers help out.
All understood. And thanks much for the help. It still won't come natural to me, but I will start trying it more frequently. Don't get me wrong. I have often c-betted when I don't hit, with mixed results. I hold my breath, and let out that sign of relief when they fold - and almost a sigh of relief when someone bets out, so I can fold and not have to face the c-bet decision. But you're right about the increasingly specific situations. The elements of any hand are always a little different (position, knowing your opponent(s), stack sizes, not to mention the cards themselves). So much so, you'll never get a definitive correct answer. But every bit of insight helps. Thanks again.
Originally Posted by p0cketAz
to c-bet varies... depending on the table style... and your stack... alot of mitigating factors influence my c-bet... one thing about it is that its a good way to judge where you stand in the hand against other players and a min bet ill find out the same as a 1/3 or 1/4 pot bet
To me, a min-raise is the same as a check. It tells me someone is almost trying to save face. OR... they hit and THEN some. Depends on the flop I guess. If, for instance, I PFR w/AQ, and a 852 hits, I'd rather come back with the same 3 or 4x BB raise and hope for the best. Then you'll really know where you stand. But agreed, a lot of mitigating factors.