re: Poker & Continuation Bets In Low Limit SitnGos
Originally Posted by tykerr
Anyone know why you can't deposit into tiger gaming?
I know but I'm not telling..
Making a continuation bet is forcing your opponent to hit the flop, i.e., to play their cards
Things to consider:
1. Do not to become predictable
by only betting when you have a hand, or only betting a certain amount (1/2 pot) when you miss and a different amount when you hit.
2. Be aware of the number of opponents in the pot with you.
I almost always make a cont bet against one opponent. There is just too much of a chance that they missed and will fold. Against two opponents, I tend toward it as well, especially with position.
Remember, the more people in the pot, the more cards out against you, and the more likely the flop helped someone (that's why omaha where you get four cards each is a game of the nuts).
3. Consider the you table image.
Does everyone view you as a rock, or a LAG, or...? What hands have you shown down? Even the most donkish of opponent will start to become aware that you are only showing monsters, or that you are playing very tight. If you have the opposite image, you need to exploit it by getting paid off on your monsters, and also by your opponents fearing that you hit on a ragged or low flop.
4. Texture of the flop.
How coordinated is it, how likely is it to have helped your opponent given what you have seen his range of hands to be. If he is very tight you can put him on a narrow range of hands, and thus a narrow range of flops that may have helped him.
5. Sophistication and nature of your opponent.
How likely are they to make a play at you? Are they habitual check raisers, or do they like to bet out with a made hand?
Anyway, I would say that becoming predictable with your betting pattern on the cont bet is number one.
If you are interested, Phil Laak tries to explain the math behind why we cont bet in this
terribly produced DVD.