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Strong or Weak, Bet the Flop!

A very effective tactic

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Apr 01, 2010

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A useful tactic that is both old school and new school is the flop bet. Whether you are strong or weak, or somewhere in between, betting the flop can be a very effective tactic. When you bet out when weak (a bluff), you oftentimes will pick up the pot uncontested. When you bet out when strong, you are giving yourself a chance to control the size of the pot. Top-notch new-school player Tom “Durrrr” Dwan bets tons of flops; he bets the flop when he is strong, and he bets the flop with great effect when he is weak. Over and over again, I have watched him win pots with a flop bet when he had absolutely nothing. How does he keep inducing his opponents to fold? Well, oftentimes his bets on the flop put his opponents in a tough spot. For example, someone raises preflop with 10-10, two players ...


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