Originally Posted by EchoEllis
Just wanted some opinions on best amount to c-bet bluff in the micro stakes - particularly 2nl/5nl.
I'm talking about either a semi bluff (open ended straight draw/flush draw) or a complete bluff.
I know you shouldn't c-bet every flop, I don't mean on wet boards etc and also I mean heads-up only. This is for when the circumstances to c-bet are perfect.
So basically in each of the following circumstances:
- In position
- Out of position
- Villain is loose
- Villain is tight
I normally 50% pot a semi/complete bluff and 75% pot value bet - I don't normally vary this much.
I know at the higher stakes you should keep you c-bet amounts similar for deception but at the lowest stakes does it really matter if you make it 50%, 60%, 75% or 85%? Will villains at these stakes pick up on this?
Is it ever correct to bet less than 50% of the pot? And will 55% make a difference rather than 50% as it's just over half the pot?
Some opinions would be great, thanks.
Semi bluffs aren't too bad but if I was you, I would refrain from bluffing in the micros.
With that being said it doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't. Only bluff observant opponents.
Bluffing in position I usually use 60-75%, I really wouldn't want to bluff out of position, unless I was playing the right type of opponent (which you are more than likely not in the micros).
Villain is loose, I'm usually not bluffing(definitely not out of position) (not in position unless you're willing to triple barrel), Villain is tight, C-bet away in and out of position, not too often of course. Usually though when I C-bet I don't consider that bluffing. Only when I have no outs or feel that I can't win no matter what comes (ex. many over cards on flop or even turn) do I consider myself bluffing.
Out of position I would probably bet big (70-80% of pot). If your playing a good, observant opponent (which your probably not in the micros) make your bets look like value bets, like you want them to call.
Really though the best bluffing advice I have ever heard/could give you is just believe you have the nuts when you make the bet (this way you wont doubt your self), be confident your bluff or C-bet is going to work! Believe and be confident!
But I still would refrain from bluffing in the micros, I would just play ABC until you work your way up. Just my opinion you don't have to agree or take my advice though, and most importantly good luck!