Originally Posted by RodneyC86
Yes but surely you won't bet half pot when the board is like screaming draws at you?
Agree with villain tendencies and such, and table dynamics and ranging, and who shot(pf raised) first. Though I think this should be reserved for 5nl plus.
Why? 2nlers are just mad about the draw, bet large to protect and give them as improper odds to draw as possible.
If I was somehow privy to the information that my opponent was never calling more than half pot with a weaker hand then yes I would. Don't get me wrong, we do bet larger on wet boards. We just don't do it for protection. The fact that the board is wet means we can get called by a wider range, which includes made hands and draws and we want to charge these draws as much as possible. The larger the margin between the odds they need and the odds we give them the more -EV it is for them to call. The larger the mistakes our opponent makes the greater our EV is. So we bet large to maximize value and not to protect.
It's for the same reason that we bet bigger against weak players and balance our sizing against good players. The argument for protection would imply that because our opponent is good we need to protect more. Which is in complete contrast to a valuebetting POV. Have you never thought about your sizing vs a good reg and decided it was best to size down because that widens his potential calling range considerably?
Edit: yeah you get me - by valuebetting we add this strange concept of "protection", whenever we act we should prioritize the factor which is most critical and use that to dictate our action and in every case valuebetting outranks protection. We still get that protection but it should never be a factor in our decision matrix.