Bet size fundamentals
Ok guys I need you to set my head straight on betting philosophy. I haven't read any poker books
yet or else I would know.
When you are on the receiving end of a bet you can calculate your calling odds
from the outs, and from that you know whether to fold or call.
When you are the one who is betting (with e.g. TPTK), the question is whether to bet higher or lower than the odds of the opponent.
Let me make clear that I play only on 2NL so far, and players here are quite bad and often don't know what is good for them.
Therefore, when I bet on the flop, I bet higher than their odds. Often, with a flush draw or open-ender, the odds to call will be 30-35% or 1/3. So I bet very high, twice the pot, which means they have to chip in 40 %. They shouldn't do this, but often in the micros they do anyway, which is great.
BUT: I know that in higher level poker, post-flop bets are usually more in the range of pot size, meaning the caller has good odds with his flush draw or whatever.
So here is my question: Is the philosophy of betting that you give the opponent good odds, but you trust you are able to pull out when you are beat?
In other words, you invite the guy to play because you know you will still beat him 2 times out of 3. And when he hits, you recognise the danger card, and you are ready to pull out if he gives resistance, and thus your losses are minimized.
And this is a profitable strategy in the long run?
Sorry for the long argument, I hope I get some good input on this.