Which betting method/thought process to apply?
When I started playing poker a few weeks ago the first bet-sizing method I learnt to apply was the simple one of matching the bet size with the pot odds
1) For a pot size of $100, and drawing odds of 4:1, break-even bet would be $25. The idea at first (wrongly really) was that if the call size was any higher than $25 I should theoretically fold. However in that case, I would theoretically never make any money.
2) The second method I recently learnt reading Sklansky's Theory of Poker. I had already read something (probably on CardsChat) about 'offering' odds to your opponent and never understood it, but now I do;
If your odds/odds to offer are 4:1, and the pot is $100, you should bet $33 to offer your opponent these odds. To break-even you would bet $25, as above.
This seems more appropriate as this way you aren't just breaking even and you can control the odds you offer to the opponent, providing they are experienced enough to act in accordance with odds offered.
However on top of this then there is the complication of implied odds and reverse implied odds. Sklansky refers a lot to situations such like 'if you think there will be a lot of betting', and estimating the amount of calls there will be in the next streets... but my query is, how can anybody do this? Particularly on the lower stakes tables where behaviour is a lot more random?
For example say you are dealt Ah Ks
in EP1 in 9max, $10NL. What is the first thought that goes through your head with regards to implied odds?
Say you raised 2.5BBs then (not slowplaying because it isn't a monster hand), and you were called by 2 people and then raised by another BB by a player in CO. What thought occurs then?
And then, depending on your action, when the flop comes it is
Kc 3d 7d
How do we anticipate implied odds here?
Any advice much appreciated.