Originally Posted by MrJoe
Hey people, im pretty new to poker; but im just wondering whether it's worth betting hard on if you hit top pair (say the flop is a rainbow of 2,5,9 - and I had Q, 9).
You should almost always bet this hand, whether you're in BB and it's a limped pot or whether you raised preflop. The reason being two-fold: you protect your hand, and you can get called by worse, such as random overcards, a 5, a weaker 9, some type of draw.
Taking the pot down right there is not a bad result at all.