Originally Posted by stormswa
its pretty simple if you bet into a dry sidepot with only something like top pair medium kicker then yes that is pretty silly.
I'd say this is exactly when you should bet the dry sidepot.
Say I have TJs and call a min raise from a short stack with one other caller.
If the flop comes J74 type of thing, you better believe I'm betting that.
I'm probably ahead of the short stack but I don't want to give the other guy with chips the chance to hit his AKQ or anything else without paying for it. I can't ever recall being criticised for this, though I've seen plenty of people berated for betting with air. Defend your hand if it's vulnerable and you have a good chance of being ahead of shorty.
If I keep the shortstack in as a result, I'm happy that my play is right in the long run.
Bring the bubble into play and there's perhaps a different case depending on stacks etc.