Originally Posted by pokerlovesme
Continuation betting is like a disease to some people. I'm not joking. I have few friends who play poker and they ALWAYS bet out on the flop regardless of if they have something or not. I tell them that they should slow down. They tell me "no, i must bet. checking shows weakness". Very fallacy thought. You can also show strength by check-raising. When you give table image that you're type of player who check-raises, they won't bet into you easily if you check or won't think you have weak hand. Just because you don't bet don't mean you have weak hand or they'll bet into you. Sometimes, check/folding is profitable move more often. Adding check/raising to your plays changes up your table image and good way to exploit it. People get scared to bet when you check.
If you can calculate all the bluffs you won through continuation bet or bluffs you lost through continuation bet, you lose more.
Yes, yes, yes. The c-bet is a flop bet meant to take down the hand right then, or to figure out where you stand-- after that, a bet with nothing is a bluff. The c-bet will only work a couple of times before it loses respect. And it works best in position, with everyone checking to you. I overuse it, too -- and it's cost me tons. After a bit, the others know I will c-bet after a preflop raise and they just milk me dry. So I am trying to cut back. It's a tool, but cannot be a habit.
pokerlovesme caught the key -- a check shows "weakness." If that is your primary thought, it's an ego thing. Others will
use it against you. Don't worry what they think. Consider only whether they will fold if you make that bet. Consider what you will learn by making that bet, and be prepared to act on it. When they call a c-bet, they are likely in the process of taking your chips -- unless you improve dramatically.