re: Poker & Question: Sizing up your bets
Originally Posted by David Llanes
2/3 the pot does the job in what situation? For a continuation bet, value bet, or a protection bet?
And thanks, I'll look into purchasing that book.
You're dealt TsTd on the button.
You raise 3x (standard).
Flop comes something like 9s4c2c.
Here, you are both continuation betting, likely value betting, and protecting your hand.
2/3 the pot will give you some information on the opponent's hand (if you bet <1/2 the pot, for example, you may not be able to narrow down what hand(s) he would make a call of such a small bet with), will get value out of your hand (he may call you down with worse hands), and protecting your hand (smaller bets will give draws odds
to call, and even random hands that you will never be able to put your opponent on later).
In other words, a 2/3 pot bet here will both let you know where you stand (opponent calls/raises, you will consider being behind in the hand), will get money in the pot from worse hands, and will protect your hand from random hands that may hit scare cards later.
Hope that helps some,