Originally Posted by Kekule
The problem is, unless you are playing extremely high stakes with regulars, no one plays poker the "right" way that people always talk about.
It doesn't matter if you're playing OOP or cbetting or anything like that at the stupid micro stakes. No one is paying attention to these things and no one is playing with any sort of consistency. All of these rules and strategies go out the window.
I can't remember who said it first, but you can't hope to play at a level more than one strategy level above your opponent. All of the "strategy" goes right over their head so to say.
Excellent point about playing at a particular level. This topic is probably a good one on its own, but I think what a lot of players have a tendency of doing is falling into the "fancy play syndrome" trap, where they think they are out-thinking their opponents, but really they aren't because it's not as if it's a you-know-that-I-know-that-you-know-that game. Any strategy is only going to be successful if you are able to manipulate your opponent into doing what you want him/her to do.
Donk betting is no different. If the situation presents itself, I'll certainly take advantage of it. But a successful donk bet is really properly executed even before the actual bet itself, when you're making your pre-flop play.
Example - You're playing Zoom on PokerStars
and you're in one of the blinds, with any two cards really. An opponent will, more often than not, when on the button, raise. You can execute the beginnings of a really good donk bet at this point by 3-betting pre-flop, thus forcing your opponent into accounting for the possibility that either you have a really good hand or you're on to what they're trying to do. If they 4-bet, you can then end the charade, but if they just flat call (if they fold, even better), while your OOP, you now have a chance to execute a donk bet on the flop. It sometimes works for me, and I'll either have a piece of the flop or complete air. Because of the randomness of your opponents, it's probably going to have a fairly good success rate.