If betting becomes disproportionately large during a prolonged spell of cash table play, at best you may be on the right end of it, at worst one or more players will be taking a beating.
Generally this article’s viewpoint considers proportioning bets for players making the opening bet or raise in No Limit and Pot Limit poker. The times when a player should consider the proportion of a bet they may call is covered in the pot odds page.
The bet should mostly be proportional to the current pot size, with a consideration of the possible pot size if the hand progresses. The performing of the bets at Dominoqq site is there with the excellent features for the engagement of the players. The size of the pot is required to big to increase the bank account of the players. The use of the right strategy is required to grab the benefits available.
If a bet is proportioned intending to add value to a pot;
- the bettor must have a high degree of confidence in their hand.
- the bettor must consider the proportion of the pot that their opponent is likely to call and bet an enticing amount. A bet proportioned to steal a pot assumes the bettor lacks confidence in their own hand, but has an opinion on their opponents weakness.
- the bettor should consider an amount that is unlikely to be called, but one that they are prepared to lose. The bet should relate to the current pot size; there is no sense in betting 3,000 chips to win 30, on a perception of weakness. If a bet is proportioned to take a pot early to prevent other players from drawing;
- the bettor should consider the possible draws opponents may have and bet a proportionately large amount that does not give their opponents the odds to call.
- the bettor should also consider the amount of chips they are prepared to lose if their opponent does make a successful ‘judgment’ call. Pre-flop
As a general rule, be reasonable in your betting.
If, with a good starting hand your early bet is too strong, you risk scaring other players away and winning only the blinds. If your bet is to small, you give players cheap cards with which to beat you.
A minimum bet, usually termed ‘limping in,’ may give you the opportunity of a cheap flop; but remember, it gives other players the same chance.
A three times big blind raise is sometimes thought of as a huge raise, while at other times it becomes the standard entry into the hand. Gauge the table, adapt your game to suit.
Your pocket cards should not dictate the amount of the bet, but relate the bet in proportion to the current pot size, with a consideration of the possible pot size if the hand progresses. In other words; you’ll want to get some chips into the pot with a premium hand. But those chips should still be proportionate to the pot and the potential pot; the hand itself is not given an assumed dollar/chip value. Post flop
Betting post flop is where most of a your proportionate betting will be considered.
A feeler bet, would often be anything from one or two times the big blind, up to about a quarter of the pot (“Okay I see aces and kings on the board… what have you got hiding”).
More of a statement bet, would be from a quarter to three quarter pot size (“I have hit the flop, have you”).
While a bet intended to take the pot there and then, would be pot sized or occasionally larger (“We can all see the ace on the table, I have matched with it… twice”).
Betting on the turn card
The pre and post flop betting will often have reduced the players left in the hand to two or three. Quite often a hand is checked or ended here.
It is rarely wise using this round to increase the pot without confidence in your hand. Any proportionately large bet on the turn will usually have the primary aim of ending the hand. A bet that asks a question (feeler bet) often should have been made on the flop.
Betting on the river
If you remember only one thing from this site, make it this; it has saved me many times.
Don’t do anything dumb on the river
In tournament play when the blind/stack ratio forces some players to make moves; a bet may also be proportioned in relation to their opponents’ stack sizes, usually by making a bet they cannot (or should not) call. Sometimes an overly large bet may be made to isolate a player. For instance, if a big stack targets a small stack, an uncompromising bet would tell other player to step aside.
As written earlier, disproportionately large cash table play may mean you win big or lose big, but all the time the site takes their rake.
In some split-pot games (7 Card Stud Hi/Lo for instance) if two players are left in a hand, each confident that they have separate pots locked up, it is good economics to keep the betting proportions low.
In tournament and cash table poker, players have differing approaches from a ‘survival’ to a ‘build fast’ game, with ‘steady progression’ being the middle ground. Proportionate betting along with a pot control strategy will give you the best shot at the money, no matter what approach you have.