Smaller Bet Stragedy
I recently read an article by Daniel Negreanu about how a smaller bet gives you more bang for your buck. Betting half the pot will actually give you the same amount of information as betting the whole pot. It's a stragedy many professionals use and understand but many average players haven't.
For example, In No Limit Hold'em you raised pre-flop with A-10. Only the big blind calls you.
The flop comes Kc-8s-4d. The big blind checks to you. You bet thinking your opponent missed the Flop and will fold but how much should you bet?
If you bet the pot, you'll find out where your opponent stands. If he calls, chances are he has a better hand than you. However, would the outcome be any different had you bet half the pot? Chances are it would be the same result. However, the smaller bet is often a much better choice. Why?
You'll be risking fewer chips when you get caught bluffing
. If you are attempting to steal the pot, a smaller bet but a decent amount should give you sufficient information. Also, You want your opponents to play with weaker hands when you have a good hand. Chances are they will call a bet of half the pot rather than a pot bet.
Antoher thing you should realize is math is on your side. "If there is 600 in a pot and you bet 600, you'll be getting even money on your proposition. That means, in the long run, you'd have to win that pot half of the time to make it a profitable play...When you consider that the hand will play out almost identically with a 400 bet, you'll see that, mathematically, it often makes sense to choose the smaller bet."
Let's say you bet 400 to win 600, you getting 3-2 odds
rather than even-money but a smaller bet will achieve the same result as a bigger bet but would only have to pay off 40 percent of the time rather than 50 percent of the time had you bet the whole pot.
Many profesional poker players keep the pots smaller so they'll have more control over the outcome. Amateurs will often make over-sized bets, usually out of fear becuase they worry that a superior player will be able to outplay them unless they make a big bet.
The article concludes that is you want to take your game to the professional level, you should use this smaller bet stragedy to your style of play.