Originally Posted by Deltafrost
thats just variance...not a reason for making a certain decision on any street.
as it happens i raised and everyone folded. just wasnt sure if it was the best decision at 10nl.
what if this was at say 100nl? any input from the higher ups?
I disagree that this is just variance. You have to get your money in when your hand is good and charge people to draw at better hands. if you flat call against someone with 55, and the board pairs, and you let them bet it without changing the odds
, they're making money, and you're losing money.
Instead, you raise the flop and charge him to re-draw. And if the board pairs, so be it. Use the fundamental theorem of poker. Make them make a mistake they wouldn't otherwise make if they knew your hole cards....(in this case another mistake... betting out, then CALLING a raise against the odds to improve)
Not to mention, what tenbob said, how many action killing cards are there? Aces, twos (against anything but AA, and even they might think twice before calling a big bet with the idiot end of a straight) sixes, sevens? If a 6 or seven come out, you might still win, but the only hands that call you are hands you'll split with or hands that have you beaten. Against QQ-88, any overcard could kill the action...
You HAVE to bet strong while the board is in your favor.