• The Fundamentals of Profitable Continuation Betting

    Added - Dec. 30, 2013 Poker

    One of the most basic plays to master in online hold'em style poker games is the continuation bet. It's the most common aggressive post-flop action that you'll take no matter the particulars of the type of poker that you're playing, and it absolutely must be something that you can execute well if you want to be able to pull down profitable sessions over and over again. Here we want to show you what to think about when you're continuation betting online to maximize your profitability.

    If you're continuation betting as a pure bluff, you should only do so against a single opponent. It's almost impossible to make pure bluff continuation bets against multiple opponents, and even when you do, the amount of money that you make is very small on average. Your bread and butter with continuation bluffs will be against single opponents who just want to throw away their hand and move on to the next one. Bluffing regularly without letting it get out of hand will protect your strong hands and make it difficult for your opponents to figure out the correct ways to play against you, and this is exactly what you want to be a profitable player.

    When you're continuation betting with a good hand, there are three basic things that you have to consider. First, you want to bet enough that your opponents with draws are not getting a particularly favorable price to call. Second, you want to bet enough that your opponents won't think that they can raise you to represent a better hand than yours and put you in a tough spot with your good-but-not-great hands. Third, you want to bet small enough that your opponents will be willing to put in money with hands that you beat. Balancing these three factors is the key to effective bet sizing with value hands.

    Finally, remember that continuation betting with draws is an exceptionally strong play. It disguises your hand for later streets, and it also protects both your value betting hands and your bluffs by giving you the ability to make big hands on later streets. This will prevent your opponents from just calling to see if you were bluffing because calling becomes a mistake if they could raise you off of some of your draws whenever they are actually the ones with the better hand to begin with. Follow these guidelines and you'll be well on your way to extremely effective continuation betting.