Min. bets postflop and beyond
I've been seeing this a lot in the micros. It happens in both preflop limped and raised pots. For instance, in a .01/.02 NL game, someone will raise preflop to about .08 and get 3 callers (making the pot about 0.24). Postflop, a player (NOT the raiser) will bet .02. Two things will then happen: either everyone calls, because even if you whiffed completely, you're getting incredible odds
, OR someone will re-raise to, say, 0.20. People fold and the bettor calls. I've seen this repeat all the way down to the river where the min. bettor will fold, showdown with a wide range of hands (anything from TPGK to bottom pair or Ace high), or fold to the postflop re-raise.
I'm having trouble interpreting what this min. bet means. I thought maybe it's a "feeler" bet to see where he stands, but calling down to a showdown kinda contradicts that. I also thought maybe it's some type of pot-building attempt by someone on a draw, but I haven't seen much evidence of that. Perhaps it is an attempt to provoke a re-raise, giving the min. bettor an opportunity to 3-bet or shove, but I have seen less evidence of that than anything else.
How would you interpret this type of bet from an unknown? How would you play against it with a good hand - or nothing? When I first started seeing this, I'd re-raise regardless of what I held, but I was getting called time after time. Lately, if I whiffed the flop, I'd call the bet, and if I have top pair or better, I'll raise.