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Pot-Limit Omaha: Playing With the Initiative After the Flop

To continuation-bet or not to continuation-bet …

by Jeff Hwang |  Published: Jul 24, 2009


Editor’s note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang’s new book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha: Small Ball and Short-Handed Play. When you raise before the flop and don’t get reraised, you have taken the preflop initiative, a condition that changes the dynamics of post-flop play. This is because your opponents now will check to you after the flop, expecting you to bet. As a result, your opponents will check and call with their marginal hands in order to let you bluff at the pot; worse yet, they will check-raise you far more often. On your end, this requires finding a balance between continuation-betting and taking the free card. Where this balance lies depends on two things: 1. How many players are in the pot? 2. How tricky are your opponents? How many players are in the pot? Clearly, you should be more inclined to follow through with a continuation-bet ...

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