Originally Posted by gknight
Something i love to do, and its an absolute necessity if your going to make any money in this sport.
MAKE THE OTHER GUY THINK HE HAS YOU BEAT. Its the greatest thing in the world.
Both of you raise pre-flop. You call him. You got JJ. Hes got AK.
The Flop: A 5 J
First thing you do, is bet the smallest or close to smallest. He may call, or raise. dont matter.
Next Card : 9
You immediately check. Make him think your scared. Or then you dont have a good hand. 99 percent of the time, hes going to bet a good ammount. . WAIT for the timer to click down a little. Then call.
Next Card: dont matter/
Check. Hes going to bet big, if, not all in (cause hes a Full-Tilt fish). then you Raise. And take him to the bank, and buy the BMW
I dunno. I just did this like an hour ago and felt so proud of myself. Its like the dream scenario for all of us. The other guy thinks he has you beat.
Min raising the flop isnt all that good because its likely to send out alarm bells.
If the flop is unconnceted and usually you cbet 1/2 - 3/4 pot then a minraise looks wrong.
You raise here as normal. If he folds.. then its likely he had nothing so would fold later. If he calls then he either thinks he has you beat or that he can bluff you off the pot.
Playing the flop differently here is just wrong.
A turn check isnt such a bad thing so long as you put in a decent bet on the river.
Essentially what you are doing with the min raises is firstly setting of alarm bells.. unless min raise is your normal thing. Secondly you are allowing him to draw against you. Now whilst you know that you most likely have the best hand... he could not and does not so calling here is not that terrible play from him.
By betting small on the flop you have reduced the size of future bets.. when there are two cards still to come. Calling your min raise on the flop isnt all that costly and he may well try and steal on the turn.. but the pot is kept small and unlikely to see any serious betting on the river.