Originally Posted by ryanmccauley211
im playing 2/5 cc NL and I've decided to control the pot size unless I have the nuts. Im winning some big pots but mostly small pots which are all adding up. I found that this makes bad beats less costly. Like after three betting a set id go all in I'd lose my buy in. Now I am keeping the pot size moderately big and it helped a lot.
Im just wondering is that the norm for most players? Small steps in profit over time or big leaps?
don't play scared. it's fine to take down small pots but you want to get their stack.
let's say you have AcQc and are on the button. You and the villain each have 100bb stacks. UTG open rases 4bb and you 3bet to 13bb and he calls,so there is 27bb in the pot.
Flop comes down KcTd4c.
You flop a 4flush but opponent leads out for 14bb. What do you? Do you call in the hope of turning a flush? That only happens 18% of the time. Say you call and the turn is a blank and he bets again? Then what? Pot is 55bb and he makes it 30bb. You now have 73bb. Are you going to call again? Are you going to shove? If you shove and miss you lose your stack. If you call and the river is makes your flush and he checks and you bet, will he call?
Now let's take it back to the flop. He bets 14bb giving him 73bb behind. You have 87bb. If you re-raise it to 42bb he would need to call off over half his stack, which he may not do with TPTK or QQ or something. If he folds, you make an instant profit of 41bb. If he has a large pair or a set he may just shove. In that case the pot is now 83bb and he shoves his 73bb behind, making the pot 156bb. You only have 43bb left, giving you 4 to 1 odds
but if you call you will win 1/3 of the time. So if you did this 3 times and he called, twice you would lose 43bb for 86bb and once you would win 156bb for an EV of 70bb.
Don't think about pots and hands, think about long term profits.