Originally Posted by alvinpe
What is pot control? When Should I use this? What are the types of hand I should be controlling the pot?
A good time for pot-control (keeping the pot small
) is when you are in a fairly common situation called way-ahead, way behind
. The situation is basically that you are either dominating your opponent in the hand, or clearly dominated. For instance, you hold AA in the hole, and are faced with a board that reads QQ8. If your opponent has the 8 or another pocket pair, you are way ahead you are way ahead and have him basically drawing to two outs. If he has the Q you are way behind and also drawing to two outs. By controlling the pot, (betting small, or checking behind on the turn)
you are ensuring that you can string him along and make a little more cash off him as he is never sure if he is beat or not. If he pops you big at some point, you can get away without getting stacked, since you won't be pot-committed to the tiny pot. If he leads out for a smaller amount, you can decide whether to call his bet as a bluff or surrender the pot, since it wasn't that big anyway.
That said, there are a couple of things to worry about
: 1) giving your opponent a cheap draw to improve a hand you didn't expect i.e. backdoor flush and inside straight draw. 2) if either of you has a small stack proportionate to the pot being played, pot control could be difficult since there might be an all in for a pot no matter how trivial.
Also, when it comes to worrying about being bluffed off your hand, the small bets will probably look like value bets to your opponent, and he is likely to put you on the hand you are afraid of too, if he doesn't have the goods.
Hope that is helpful :-)