Betting strange amounts

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Well, I was playing a SnG the other day and there was one player that kept throwing out strange bets, instead of making a 200 dollar bet he would bet like 202.38. All I was thinking when he was doing this is wow, thats strange, I wonder why hes doing that. Then it hit me, if I am thinking about why hes throwing strange bet amounts out I am thinking less about what he could possibly have. Instead of focusing on putting him on a hand Im thinking why is he betting the way he is. So I tried it in the next SnG I played and immediately I got 2 inquiries by people asking why I was doing that. I think I might start doing it all the time, if for nothing else than to keep myself amused while playing.
 
mrsnake3695

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I think some do it just to be a dic_ . Others do it because it puts more chips on the table so it looks more intimidating.
 
DrumDemon

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I used to do this, and still sometimes do, for a few reasons. one reason is the distraction factor. Another is it seems to get under peoples skin which is usually an edge. Or i might just do it because ive had a few too many and feel like being a jackass (insert foot in mouth.) One book i read mentioned speaking in babble to get under peoples skin as well. You know the drill kasfoiashfoihasfh etc. Then, when they start saying speak english only you follow with something like this. baby food nuclear bomb beer burp cheese. It might seem immature and it isnt really my style but if it gives you an edge maybe you should give it a try. Just a thought haha
 
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actually a lot do it to make your opponents think, if you just mash the pot button everytime its makes your opponents decisions easy. If you bet a weird amount it makes your opponents think and also gives off the impression that you are a moron and have no clue what you are doing both of which are +ev for you.
 
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actually a lot do it to make your opponents think, if you just mash the pot button everytime its makes your opponents decisions easy.

I think it's exactly the opposite. Someone who bets the same amount every time preflop is much harder to pin a hand on than someone who varies their bets.

I think this 'strategy' (though it doesn't have an effect big enough for me myself to want to try it) is alright, but just make sure you vary your bets absolutely randomly. If you end up betting more with big hands and less with more marginal ones (and vice versa), then you're just telegraphing the strength of your hands.
 
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I think it's exactly the opposite. Someone who bets the same amount every time preflop is much harder to pin a hand on than someone who varies their bets.

I think this 'strategy' (though it doesn't have an effect big enough for me myself to want to try it) is alright, but just make sure you vary your bets absolutely randomly. If you end up betting more with big hands and less with more marginal ones (and vice versa), then you're just telegraphing the strength of your hands.

I was talking more about after the flop then preflop, Like you know there is a draw out and some guy bets pot size because he dosent take the time to figure out what he should bet. Like say pot is like $60 and someone bets like $72.50 or like $57.99 or something like that. It would make the player stop and be like wait a minute why would he bet that amount? or gezzz this guy must be some donkey Im going to steal from him now because he dosent have a clue what he is doing then he trys to steal and you show him nuts.

its just another option when trying to confuse your opponents, I do this live also I will bet some silly ass amount in my $1/$2 game. I cant do it in $2/$5 because your bet amounts have to be in fives but in 1/2 I can throw $27 in there if I want to. I underbet alot to induce bluffs, its amazing how people will play back at you if you show weakness. Its the same concept act like you dont have a clue and they will try to bluff you.
 
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This reminds me of when I saw Mike Matusow playing at some FT table, and one of the guys playing against him kept betting these weird amounts and in the chat Mike, who's betting round, "normal" amounts, keeps going "wtf, why do you bet like that". So later they end up in a big hand together (I forget the details) but the weird-number guy bets, and Mike makes a raise to some ridiculous number like $14,371. Weird-number guy folds and Mike shows this crazy bluff with like 6-high. It was pretty entertaining
 
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This reminds me of when I saw Mike Matusow playing at some FT table, and one of the guys playing against him kept betting these weird amounts and in the chat Mike, who's betting round, "normal" amounts, keeps going "wtf, why do you bet like that". So later they end up in a big hand together (I forget the details) but the weird-number guy bets, and Mike makes a raise to some ridiculous number like $14,371. Weird-number guy folds and Mike shows this crazy bluff with like 6-high. It was pretty entertaining

LMFAO!! Turning the mindFu*beep* back at him.
 
Dorkus Malorkus

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So I tried it in the next SnG I played and immediately I got 2 inquiries by people asking why I was doing that. I think I might start doing it all the time, if for nothing else than to keep myself amused while playing.

Why would you want players who would as a standard probably not be thinking about what you're doing and why you're doing it to suddenly start thinking about the same? The less attention people pay to you, the better.
 
aliengenius

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Also, why would you automatically assume that this is foolish behavior (ie that the person has no clue)?

Leaving aside the actual purpose and whether or not you think it's a good one, I would tend to think that they at least have a some reason for it (whatever that reason might be), and therefore are actually thinking to some degree about their game and/or table image, and therefore are at least on some level a bit better than the worst players.
 
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A Bet Is Just A Bet

I've seen people who do this. I don't pay attention to it @ all because a bet is a bet & i guess that's just the way they did it. To look this far into why they're doing it is beyond me. A bet is just a bet. GL @ the tbls.
 
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There is another, less strategy oriented reason some people bet strange amounts. When I played at Empire there was this slider which a player could use instead of typing in a bet. Using this method makes it nearly impossible to bet what would be considered a normal amount. Don't know if it's still in use or why anyone would choose to use it but it does happen.
 
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I used this strategy in a lot online tournaments. The main reason for this is exactly what is said above. And it worked so much we are talking about it now. All it does is throw people off. And makes you think about something other then the hand.
 
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