This is a discussion on Donk Betting, when is it a good idea? within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; I'm trying to think of times when donk betting is a good idea. Maybe when you've connected but the board is wet and you don't
When you have a value hand, and its likely to get check through, if you check. Or if you have a bluff, and your opponent is likely to fold to a donk bet. A typical example is, if the river card complete some obvious draw, which you either had or can represent. It typically makes no sense to donk bet on a blank turn or river card, or on a flop which favour the preflop raiser.
Only time I donk bet is on the river obv I’m first to act and do not want it being check through. I am only donk betting with a monster hand that I am trying to extract value. Very seldom, but on occasion I will donk bet the river with a bluff if it goes check check on the turn after they lead out on the flop.
If you are playing OOP against a fit-or-fold type of player and it doesn’t look like the pre-flop aggressor hit the flop, wouldn’t a donk value bet be a good idea?
Or wait and bet the turn as a bluff (or value) if he checks behind on the flop. If he truly is fit or fold he probably missed if he checks. You get more information and only one extra card that can improve him on the turn. If the turn card is an ace maybe refrain from bluffing (and only bet if the ace hits you or you beat top pair.
But in general you have to do the betting yourself if he only bet when he hits so in that sense you are correct that it also includes value hands.
Against good players it is often always best to check to the aggressor but no need to balance against fit or fold players that leaks information and never CB as a bluff.