Min/Small bet vs Regular C-bet (discussion)
Ever have one of those moments when something pops up into your head and you feel like you are a genius? well I just did while taking a shower lol. You here a lot of people talking about how you should change it up, to confuse people, well I think I just thought of something that can be very effective. I don't think many people ever do this, but I want to share this with everyone and I want your thoughts on this.
Ok here is what I came up with, Well everybody knows that Minimum bet usually means really weak or really strong, right? I'm just going to use cash games as an example for this, I don't know if this move can/should be used in tourneys. Ok, well if you are constantly C-betting/firing away with your strong hands and your opponents realize that, what do you think they will think when you make a really tiny bet? exactly, they will think you are either really weak or trying to make a blocking bet.
Ok let me write a hand for an example and show how this move could work, lets say you are dealt AsAh in early position and lets say you are playing 100nl, you make your usual 3.50/4 or w/e it is raise, and a really tight player from late position re raises you, so now instead of telling him that you are really strong and re raising him you call, and lets say we know his range is somewhere between 9s to Ks. Ok let's say flop is Ad 5d 8h
we have hit the top set/best hand possible right now and we are pretty sure the villain hasn't improved his hand, well we know if we check, he will probably end up checking behind or maybe make a small bet, if raise that looks strong and probably get him to fold, so lets say he checks behind, and turn is another 5 for example, still no improvent for him, and here we are thinking, we got to get some $ out of this hand, we have to bet, so lets say we do bet, villain will probably fold right? and we don't make that much out of the hand.
Ok now let's play the hand a little different by using the move I though of which imo could be very profitable if used correctly, Ok you get AsAh early position raise to 3.50, villain from late position re raises to 12, you call. Flop comes Ad 5d 8h, so now the pot is 16$ ( if everyone folded that is) So instead of making your usual 9-12$ bet, I think we should make a small bet something like 6-7$ or something like that, now what does the other player think you are doing? if the other player is a high level thinker, he might think that you have a flush draw or a weak hand and you are trying to make a weak blocking bet, right? so he might re raise you to something like 20-24$, so now my thoughts are we shouldn't insta call but we shouldn't take to much time, so let's say we call, turn is that 5, now I think we should check, the other player is thinking well looks like he is weak, and might bet another 25-30ish$ bet, now instead of winning few $, we got him to commit half of his stack, when we have the nuts, (that's if he don't have 55, which isn't in his range) so now I'm thinking we should go all in, since many players tend to go all in on draws, I think the villain might even call, if he folds, well then good for us, we got half of his stack and he didn't even get to see our cards, but I think curiousity kills most players.
Ok so I think this play good work, a good way to change things up to confuse everybody, I mean I wouldn't do it too often but it can be very effective. what are everyone's thoughts on this? Should we make a min bet/ or is making a 5-7$ bet would be better there? ( I think min bet just doesn't look right) Also if he does re raise, should we call fairly quick, should we insta call or call slowly? And on the turn lets say villain does bet after we check, should we shove, or should we call and value bet the river? Anything that should be added that would make this play better? Let me know, I think some cash experts might find this interesting, idk.