Continuation Bet

A continuation bet (c-bet) is an action of betting on the flop when you are in the role as the pre flop aggressor (i.e. you have raised or re-raised pre flop). Playersplaying with their Unibet bonus will miss the flop more than they will hit it, and it is this reason alone that makes the c-bet a critical part of the game.

Continuation betting is all about balance. Sometimes you will bet with air and your opponent will fold, and other times you will bet with air and you will lose money as they call with better. Your job is to make sure that your c-bets are profitable over the long run. When you approach the game in this manner, a losing c-bet won’t faze you.

If you are playing in a weak, and passive game, then c-bet at every opportunity. But if you are playing in a more difficult game then the quality and type of player you are facing comes into question.

Example

The action folds to you on the button and you open with [Jc] [8s]. The big blind calls and the flop is [Ks] [2d] [3c], the big blind checks, you c-bet and the big blind calls. The turn is the [4h].

In the above example, it is difficult to proceed against a very good player. The experienced players are expecting players to c-bet a high percentage of the time. This allows them to call with air with the strategy of taking the pot away from you on the turn or river. When you find yourself being exploited like this then go for the delayed c-bet strategy. Just check back the flop and bet the turn. This line can seem more credible, but again is very player dependent.

There used to be a time when a 100% c-betting strategy was optimal, but that’s a thing of the past. Today, you need to pay attention to your environment and act accordingly.

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