27 Jan

Lesson #6: Bet Sizing in No Limit Texas Hold’em

Bet Sizing in No Limit Texas Hold’em

Congratulations! You have just finished the sixth lesson.

Good job!

Now lets recap:

      • when you bet, you always want to have a reason for it
      • you can bet to extract value when you have the best hand
      • which is value betting
      • and you can bet to make your opponents fold when you don’t have the best hand
      • which is bluffing
      • in cash games your standard opening should be around 3BB+1BB for every limper in the pot
      • your 3-bets should be about 3x the initial raise
      • in tournaments you want to risk as little chips as possible
      • so you will generally make your sizing smaller as the blinds go up
      • at the beggining you may treat it like cash games
      • but as the tournament goes on you should make your opening from 2 to 2,5BB
      • your standard 3-bet could be around 2,5x the initial raise
      • after the flop you always want to count the chips in the pot
      • and bet anywhere from 50% of the pot to 100% of the pot
      • sure, sometimes it makes sense to bet like a quarter of the pot
      • when you want to extract thin value
      • or to overbet and bet 150% of the pot
      • when you want to make it look like your bluffing
      • but in the vast majority of cases you should bet between 50 and 100% of the pot
      • and you should always bet the same way with all of your hands in certain spots
      • so that your opponent can never know by your betting whether you have it or not
      • also remember that you always want to bet the minimum amount that is necessary to make your opponent fold when you’re bluffing
      • and the maximum amount that you think your opponent can call when you’re value betting

Mission #6

Play at least 500 hands of real money cash games at full ring tables of the lowest possible stakes($0.01/$0.02) and continue on playing the base hands. Try to only use the 2 simple bet sizings: 50% and 70% of the pot.
Experiment with your bet sizing and try to come up with your own sizings for certain spots. Just remember to follow the rule of 50% to 100% of the pot.

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