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To Bet or Not to Bet?

To Bet or Not to Bet?

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Aug 10, 2011


Conventional wisdom holds that you should bet to induce a call from a worse hand or to cause a better hand to fold. However, there are other reasons to bet, including to fold drawing hands that are correct in calling and to obtain information that allows you to play your hand more profitably. Deep into a $40-$80 limit hold’em session at Bellagio, I had acquired a good read on most of my opponents. A loose-passive player tossed in $40 to limp into the pot, and two other players called behind, including the button, a solid-aggressive, good player. The small blind also called, and I peered down at the K K in the big blind and raised. The entire field called my raise, bringing the pot to $400. The dealer flopped the Q 9 9, putting out both a flush draw and various straight draws. The small blind checked, and I ...

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