Range balancing discussion
I'm still kind of a newbie in NLHE. I've been thinking about what's the most optimal range balancing. i.e. post flop, what's my calling and checking range if I was the pre-flop aggressor.
I don't know if I've got this right, but I think the following seems right.
- Nuts/Near Nuts - Check (sometimes, I would just bet my nuts if I think I can't induce a bluff)
- Strong Made Hands - Bet
- Marginal Hands - Check
- Drawing Hands - Bet
- Complete Air - Check
I assume people bet with drawing hands instead of complete air (as a bluff) because drawing hands has equity. Checking with complete air is protected by marginal hands.
My only doubt with balancing my range like this is whenever I check out of position, I seem to allow my opponent to barrel me (they normally don't but if they do, I really don't know what to do).
If this is how I should proceed post-flop, do I still check with a top pair good but not great kicker (marginal hand) on a drawing board? e.g. 2-flush on the flop. Theoretically speaking, is it okay to not bet with a marginal hand on a draw heavy board even if I think I currently have my opponent beat?
Basically, how do near unexploitable players balance their range post-flop?