The Continuation Bet in No Limit Hold’em PokerPosted 28 December 2010 by Bruce
The continuation bet is becoming a very familiar on the poker tables. It is a very effective move may be stemming from its innate simplicity.
A continuation bet is a bet you make if you are a pre-flop raiser. You do a continuation bet even if you did not improve on the cards that you are holding. For example, you have an A-K and then the cards flopped are 4-9-Q, you take advantage of the situation and bet although you did not make a pair or anything.
The strategy of making a continuation bet is very effective since most likely your opponents will not make a pair upon flop in 2 of 3 times. Simply, your opponents will fold their hand every time you make a continuation bet and they didn’t make anything out of the flop.
Basics on the continuation bet
When you do a continuation bet, a good size will be 2/3 or ¾ of the pot. You also need to put into mind the reads of everyone around you.
When you make a 2/3 or ¾ continuation bet then you make a very strong and aggressive impression that you have the best hand on the table. You will scare your opponents so they will fold. Betting more than the pot may be risking much than what is needed when a smaller bet will just have the same consequence.
You need to assess if you have strong opponents on the table and use this as basis if you can do a continuation bet. At lower levels of poker games, the players have the tendency to call on you bets. As much as possible, you should avoid a continuation bet if the players are calling stations. The same goes for highly skilled opponents who expect you to C-bet almost any flop. If you have Michael Binger or Paul Wasicka facing you, you’re in deep trouble anyway, though.
You should also take into consideration what comes out of the flop. Determine if the texture of the flop will benefit you or if it strengthens the position of your opponents.
Other things to consider is your position and the number of players risking it in the pot.