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Daniel Negreanu

Lesson time 15:56 min

The continuation bet is a valuable tactic under the right circumstances. Learn the best times to make a c-bet and how to use this tool to maximize profits.

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Well, what exactly is C-betting? Well, c-betting is a short form for continuation betting. And essentially what that means is-- if you were the raiser before the flop, you were the aggressor before the flop, when the flop comes out, typically everyone's looking to you to drive the action. And they're going say, well, listen. Are you going to continue with your story that you've got a really strong hand? So if you do so, that would be what's called c-bet. A continuation of the story you told with the preflop aggression. So why do people c-bet? Like, why is it a thing? Well, again, we talked a little bit in some of the other videos about range advantage, right? So if you've raised before the flop and no one's re-raised you, you have the strongest range in that perspective. Like, you are the most likely player that could still have pocket aces, for example, right? So it's important to continue that story some of the time, not all the time as we're going to continue to hammer home. No always, no never. But most of the time, or over half the time, depending on how many players are in the pot, you are going to be the one that's going to be the aggressor in these spots. So you're going to want to continue the continuation bet, whether you have it or not. Because a lot of the time, when you don't have anything, your opponent doesn't have anything either. You're just going to win the pot right there. Other times when you do have it, you're just going to get more value from your continuation bet. So you want to have it analogous to a jab, right? You want to keep a pretty steady diet of jabs coming at your opponents. Not always, you know, you're going to dodge a little bit too. But a good steady amount of jabs. So there's a lot of considerations that you have to think about when it comes to c-betting outside of the specific type of player you're up against. You also want to factor in how many players? So let's use that same example again, where you're under the gun, and you raise with ace king, and it goes, call, call, the button calls, small blind calls, the big blind call. So there's six players to the flop. And now the flop comes 10 five deuce, both blinds checked to you, and it's up to you. Well, the question is, should you be c-betting more often or less often in a situation like this? Well, the correct answer is less often. And the reason being is with so many more players in the hand, the odds of somebody actually having a 10 or continuing are much higher. When you only have to get through one opponent, it's far more likely that that opponent has completely missed the flop and is just going to fold the hand. When you've got five people left to act, you're basically wasting chips. I see far too often players just feel like, well, you know they have to continuation bet all time. And it's a wasted bet. And a bet lost in terms of not getting away with it is going to cost you in the long run. Like, those add up to a big amount of money a...

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Alvin K.

A question about board texture. You open AK in early position. The big blind calls. The flops comes QJx rainbow. BB checks. Should opener c-bet, since the BB may well have hit the queen or jack? My inclination is to c-bet, since AQ and KQs are very possible hands for opener to have. Would your answer change if it was the button who called (with the blinds folding)? Button might have called, e.g., with QTs or JTs. Is this a hand where opener might check-call instead of c-betting?

A fellow student

Does a very good explaining c betting without making it a universal principle which could come back to bite you but if used wisely will give you a better payoff.

Christian O.

I’m playing APL tournament in Sydney Australia, I make a good start , get a big chip stack second break , but after break I seem to bleed chips ? I play tight but seem to bleed chips I get to final tables but I should be making more final tables with chip count at breaks Any solution in taking it to next level

Jamie S.

If I am a decent poker player, played a few hundred thousand hands in my lifetime and have a tight/aggressive style what’s the best way to approach a home game where all other players want to basically see every flop and a standard raise preflop barely chases anyone out? I could pretty much limp on every flop if I wanted to but that goes against everything I’ve ever done. How should I approach this game?

sam P.

With 88 on a A high flop with no 8 my cards are in the muck unless I have a very good read.

Chris H.

Question on the way Daniel calculates pot odds. In his example there is a pot of $100 and your opponent bets $100 creating a $200 pot. You must call $100 to win $200 giving the 2:1 odds (33%). Several other poker coaching sites say you must take your call into the total pot which would mean the pot is $300 giving you 3:1 odds (25%). Obviously Daniel is one of the best in the world, but with so many differing opinions on how to calculate, which is the correct way?

A fellow student

Hey Guys, where can I find a definition of a wet/semi wet/dry flop. What about 76A with 2 spades? Is it wet/semi wet? Thx :)

A fellow student

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Mauro M.

Hi there, Mauro from Italy. I want to post a hand that needed, from my point of view, a review and touches the theme we discuss into this lesson. Tournament, Blinds 1600/800 ante 200. Villain in MP (Stack 27k) calls 1600(Super tight), villain 2 in HJ, calls either(same way), Hero (me) in SB with Kc9h calls, so do villain 3 in BB. The Flop comes 8hKsQs: I check (I choosed between a bet or a check thinking the villains IP were slow playing a big hand; the flop helps me during this decision), BB checks, villain 1 checks, villain 2 checks. Should I bet here try to find which position did I have in this hand? The fact is that on the river comes A, leaving me, perhaps in the situation that the only thing to do was check and so did I. The BB checks behind and villain 1 bet 1/2 of the pot. Villain 2 folds and so did SB (Me) and BB. What do you think?

Seth G.

I am hoping to get some feed back from the community or Daniel himself. Last week I was playing in the WSOP and there was about 150 out of 300 people left. I was on a short stack with about 15k in chips. I was in seat 8 in middle position. Blinds were 300/600. Seat 6 raised from early position to 2k and he was a fairly passive player with about 50k in chips. I had pocket 8's and I called. I figured he was on A-K. Flop came A-7-7 (rainbow). At this point I was debating to fold since I knew he had me beat with an Ace. Seat 6 C-Bet for 1200. Based on the fairly low bet I called. Turn came an 8 giving me a full house. We both checked. River was a 3. Board A-7-7-8-3. Seat 6 bet 3000. I raised to 10K for value and the need to double up. Seat 6 goes All-In. I call putting me All-In. Seat 6 had Pocket A's giving him the better full house and I was eliminated from the tournament. I don't know if I missed a read, I should have played this different, or simply just got coolered. Any thoughts/comments is greatly appreciated. Thanks