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The Low Flop and Continuation-Bet Conundrum

Dealing with it

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Mar 18, 2011


In the psychology of no-limit hold’em, most people expect the preflop raiser to lead the action post-flop. This bet, famously called a continuation-bet, can bring all sorts of grief to a preflop raiser when the flop comes low and ragged, for while he’s generally expected to bet (because he raised preflop), he’s also suspected to have missed the flop (because it’s junk). Let’s explore this conundrum and see if we can find a way or two out. You’re playing in a $300-$500 buy-in no-limit hold’em cash game with two $5 blinds, and your image is middling loose. You open from middle position for, say, 20 bucks. I’m not assigning you a hand value here, because in this case, it really doesn’t matter what you have. It matters only what your foes think you hold. So, you get one late-position caller, and the blinds both fold. The flop comes 5-3-2 rainbow. ...

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