Originally Posted by RogueRivered
Interesting -- I never heard this one before. I think I'm close to half without trying.
Hmmm, my sc's are definitely not very high, maybe close to break-even. I wonder what I'm doing wrong.
Lizzy, if you use HEM, there are articles in the help section of the program that go through stats and help you identify leaks.
Richyl pointed the flop/turn cbet thing out to me a few months ago. Think of it this way - there are some flops and some villains that if you're going to cbet the flop, you should also be planning to cbet the turn before you cbet the flop. If you cbet flop and give up on turn consistently, and I (villain) pick up on your tendency to do that, I just need to float the flop and bet the turn when you check the turn to take the pot down w ATC (at micro or in tourneys, this will usually be a small-mid pp - at small stakes and up, it could very well be ATC). Players who feel like they're throwing money away when cbetting generally are betting into flops/villains that are incorrect to bet into, and don't two barrel often enough (this also shows up as a downward trend in non-showdown winnings charts).
sc's go up in value when you have position and when you're deepstacked - they go down in value oop and when you're shortstacked. The beauty of sc's is that when you cbet a flop and get called, you may pick up additional outs on the turn that allow you to continue to be aggressive. Let's say you're playing a hand where MP limps, you raise to 5xbb on btn w 8c7c and BB calls, MP calls. Flop is Tc6d2s and you decide to cbet when checked to, even though all you have is a gutshot, and both BB and MP call. Turn is any 9 (making your straight), any club, any 5 (oesd), or any 4 (double belly buster) - a combo draw is even better, unless you hit the 9 - you just picked up a lot of outs to bet the turn w confidence, probably enough outs to shove over the top of a bet or raise from either position profitably.
So playing sc's should be profitable, if it's not, start posting questions about sc's in HA.