Originally Posted by starting_at_the_bottom
Is it ever +ve?
Would love any opinions.
- Against weak players/calling stations, you can get more value from your hand
- Against strong players, you get the first chance to bluff when you think the board missed your opponent's range
- You avoid giving a free card to drawing hands when you may be ahead
- You take control of the hand the rest of the way
- When you have a weak hand and get called, you are OOP the rest of the way with an inflated pot
- When playing against strong players, you have to balance your donkbetting range to include bluffs, and bluffing OOP against solid players can be dangerous
- If your range isn't balanced to include bluffs, you basically scream to the table that you hit the flop
- You risk getting raised by an opponent that has position on you
- You may get an aggressive opponent to fold rather than checking to him and getting an extra bet out of him
Basically, like anything in poker, donkbetting can be both good and bad, depending on the game dynamics. I never used to donkbet. But I play 1/2 NL live where the player pool is terrible in general, and a lot of players will call me without even thinking about whether or not I hit the flop. This usually gives me some extra value instead of risking a check-around and a free turn card.
If you are usually playing against decent/solid/strong players, you may want to think about whether it will be beneficial or harmful to your game. If you can't effectively balance your donkbetting range with air, you should probably just avoid doing it most of the time, even when you risk getting drawn out on with a free turn if it is checked around.