Friday, March 30, 2012
Poker pearl #73
Above: The Mar. 21 issue of Card Player magazine has a new poker column by Bart Hanson.
Bart Hanson describes something called a delayed continuation bet. It is effective against tight players who have a low bluffing frequency. It works like this: Instead of betting on the flop, check and see what the villain does on the turn. If they check again, go ahead and bet, expecting to win the pot.
Here's an example Hanson gives:
"Let's say we isolate a tight limper in a $5-$10 game to $40 with ♣6 ♣5. The flop comes out ♦A ♣K ♠J. The limper checks to us. At first glance, it looks like a great spot to make a bet. That board should hit us a lot and we probably can get the limper to fold everything but an ace or maybe K-Q. However, we know if we check the flop, all of the hands that would have called our bet will bet the turn. The hands that would have folded to our flop CB will still check. We can see then that checking back the flop and waiting for our opponent's next move is the optimum play."