Originally Posted by Chris_TC
Well, if they chase gutshot draws and whatnot, then you're actually going to make more money in the long run because they'll hit so rarely.
If you make a standard raise, c-bet and take it down right there, you profited how much? 5 or 6 big blinds? That's much less than what you get if they call you down to the river.
The driving principle here is that one should bet enough to get called incorrectly, but not so much that they fold correctly.
In cash games, this principle is absolute. In tournaments, it is not.
If we have a made hand and check to a draw, we give them infinite odds
to draw against us.
If we have a made hand and go all-in (with deep stacks), most players will fold correctly everything except what likely beats us.
Obviously, these 2 scenarios are not good for us because they make it easy for players to make the correct decision.
It should be obviouis that the "perfect" play requires betting in-between zero and all-in.
The objective in cash games is to make it unprofitable for the draws,
while still giving them the chance to make a mistake.
If none of your opponents is making mistakes, there is no $$$ to be made in that game.