GETTING THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Each game has its different nuances when it comes to betting. However, here are some general tips on betting that can help you in any game:
In the long run, knowing when not to bet is one of the most important skills to have in poker. It is also important to make the pots you win cou nt through strategic betting. If you have a good hand, your strategy should be to build the pot as much as possible with aggressive bets and raising in the later rounds. The trick is not to bet so high in the early rounds that you force players to fold and therefore lessen the pot.
As with everything in poker, observe the betting habits of your opponents. Within a game, if a player starts betting high and then starts checking or betting Less aggressively, the band he was hoping for might not have materialized.
o If you are playing at a loose table, it will be harder to steal pots (winning pots by bluffing), but you can expect bigger payoffs when you win.
o Be decisive in your betting. No one likes to wait as you hesitate with your bet. Betting quickly also gives your opponents less time to read your habits.
o If you are playing at a tight table, an aggressive bet
will win you some small pots in the early rounds. However! be careful that you are not caught in a bluff and forced to pay up with a weak hand.
If you have a not-so-stel rar hand, aggressive betting can help you steal some pots. If the betting has been light in the earPy rou nds. your opponents are signaling weak hands. ft you come in with a big bet, you might force the other players to ford and come away with the pot. ft might not be a big pot, but you can take it with very little in your hand.
Checking can be a great strategic tooL especially if you are uncertain of the relative strength of your band. If you have a 'ess-than-perfect hand! you can see if the other players come Dut betting aggressivery or passively. If a lot of people fold and the other players who stayed in were passive, then you may have a chance. However! it the bets were aggressive and you get the sense that you can be beaten! you should probably fold when the betting comes back around to you.