Continuation Betting TheoryPosted on September 5, 2009 in Poker Tips
Continuation betting has lost a lot of it’s power at casino games and many of the other well known online gaming sites. No longer getting any respect, it is now not so much a sign of strength, as it’s absence is a sign of weakness.
That is to say, you are expected to follow a pre-flop raise with a continuation bet after the flop. Failure to do so is a glaring sign of missing the flop.
Of course you can use that to your advantage by checking when your hole cards hit the flop. Assuming that you are in position the bet will be checked round to you, and a check from you here with a strong hand will probably induce a bluff from one or more opponents after the turn.
But can you still check the flop even though you missed?
Another big factor in deciding when and or if to make a c-bet is the type of game you are playing. Tournament c-betting can be a whole lot different to cash game continuation betting.
Before we get into the specifics of each type of game we can say in general that checking early with a strong hand and taking down an inflated pot after inducing a bluff should set you up nicely later on to be able to c-bet or not at your discretion.
Things sure do move fast in the online poker worls at times. It can be like a fulltime job just keeping up with the changes that seem to happen all the time in the poker industry.
Poker rooms close down, new ones open up, new laws are passed, new restrictions are put in place, even paymnet processors close down from time to time.
You might be tempted to just keep you head down and play poker, but it can pay to keep up to date with the latest events. Not losing your bankroll because you knew that your poker room was in trouble would make the effort more than worthwhile.