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Continuation-Betting: Applying Variable-Ratio Reinforcement

Randomization is in the cards

by Jeff Hwang |  Published: May 14, 2010


Note: What follows is a special preview from Jeff’s upcoming book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha Volume II: LAG Play and The Short-Handed Workbook, slated for a fall 2010 release. You want to discourage your opponents from check-raising you when you have taken the preflop initiative, while encouraging them to bet when they flop strong and check when they don’t. And in order to do so, you reinforce the “no check-raise” and “bet when they have it, check when they don’t” behaviors by checking behind from time to time; how often depends on the opponent. A 20 percent reinforcement schedule might look like this: Continuation-Betting: Variable-Ratio Reinforcement Schedule (Illustration Only) Bet Bet Bet Bet Check Bet Check Bet Bet Bet Bet Bet Check Bet Bet Check Bet Bet Bet Bet Bet Bet Bet Check Bet Note that the schedule is for illustration purposes only; I’m not saying that 20 percent is the ...

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