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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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Topics include: Factor In Board Texture and Number of Opponents • Good Boards for C-Betting • Factor In Range Advantage • Increase C-Betting Frequency With Monster Draws • Don’t C-Bet on Autopilot • Have a Plan for the Turn and the River • Consider Possible Runouts • It's Difficult to Hit a Flop
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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