Welcome to the first actual strategy post on Neuroatypicalpoker.com! Today I´m going to talk about C bet in poker. This post is especially dedicated for people with Asperger´s syndrome. When I was a beginning tournament player, I had trouble with starting to c bet as a bluff, instead of only c betting when I had hit the flop. This is probably because of the honesty of people with Asperger´s syndrom. When you´re overly honest, it may be hard to bluff in poker, because it seems like “lying”. In poker, however, you must be able to bluff. It is part of the game, and must be seen differently than lying outside the game. Too much bluffing in poker is not good either, because your opponents will learn to exploit this.
Today´s post is a quick introduction to c bet. I´m going to talk about what c betting in general means, and how c betting has changed over the years. Next, I´m going to analyze why you should c bet, and which situations are not ideal for c betting.
C Bet Today And Before
C betting, or continuation betting, means making a continuation bet on the flop, when you were the last aggressor pre-flop. If you made the last bet pre-flop and your opponent called you, you were the last aggressor. Then, if you make another bet on the flop, you are c betting. Years ago, it was common to c bet 100% of the time. The size of the c bet used to be half a pot.
Today, the standard c bet size is 33% of the pot. C betting to all flops is not the optimal strategy anymore, so you need to adjust your c bets according to the flop and your opponents. Also, there are situations when you should make a bigger c bet than 33% of the pot. However, 33% is the standard c bet size these days.
Why C Bet – Or Not?
When you consider c betting, you need to consider what is your range against your opponent´s range. If your range hits the flop well, you can consider c betting as a bluff. If the flop matches your opponent´s range rather than yours, you should probably not c bet. C bet bluffing in a multiway pot (when there are several players in the pot) is usually not a good idea either.
Another reason to c bet is to not give equity to your opponent. Your opponent may have draws, and you don´t want to give him free equity and let him see the turn card for free.
You need to analyze your opponent´s tendencies. If he likes check raising a lot, you may not want to c bet as a bluff against this kind of opponent as much as normally. An opponent who folds to c bets too much, however, is easy to exploit by c betting.
The thing is, you don´t want to be easy to read by your opponents. C betting as a bluff, and in some cases not c betting when you hit the flop, makes your opponent unable to tell whether you hit the flop or not just based on your c betting.
C Bet Regularly, But Mindfully
C betting, like so many things in poker, depends on the situation and your opponent. You need to compare your range and your opponents range, and decide whether your range makes your c bet convincing. While 33% of the pot is the standard c bet size today, there are situations when you should use a bigger c bet size.
Don´t give your opponents free equity by c betting too little, but do keep in mind that aggressive opponents who like check raising may force you to c bet less than normally. Exploiting opponents who fold to c bets too much by c betting liberally is a powerful strategy against them.
Have you experienced any problems with c bet in poker? Have your c bet patterns changed from when you first started playing poker? Let me know in the comments below! If there is a particular hand related to c bet you would like to discuss, you can post it in the comment section as well.