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Upswing Poker -- Doug Polk On C-Bet Sizing

Two-time WSOP Bracelet Winner Talks Poker Strategy In New CardPlayer Exclusive Video


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Upswing Poker has teamed up with Card Player to bring you some exclusive poker strategy content. In this video Polk discusses continuation bets and how to decide what bet sizing to use when making a c-bet.

Doug Polk“I think people see anything from a 1/4 pot c-bet size all the way up to around 2/3 to a 3/4 pot c-bet size as viable options,” said Polk early on the video.

“If you want to go with a bigger bet size on the flop you want your hands to be more polarized. You don’t want to go a large bet size with a middling hand. Let’s say you have a hand like second pair. If you are using a strategy that involves lots of small bets on flops it can be totally fine to bet that for 1/3 or 1/4 of the pot. But if you bet the more traditional, larger size of around 50 to 60 percent of the pot, those hands become much worse to bet. They do quite poorly against a check raise and are more likely to be behind when called.”

“The single most important thing to me when I’m deciding between bet sizes is: What is the board texture like?” continued Polk. “What size gets the job done the best? On very connected boards you might have to use big sizes, because if you bet too small then players can float you with anything.”

Check out the full video at the top of the story for more of Polk’s analysis of continuation bet sizing.

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