All actions at the poker table are performed with one goal - to win the pot and make money. This task can be done in three ways:
1. Value betting an opponent with the strongest hand.
2. Bluff bets to knock out a strong combination of the opponent.
3. Protecting a mediocre hand from possible hits from opponents with a straight or flush draw.
This bet is necessary in order to collect maximum money into the pot from opponents who also have a strong coincidence, but lose at the showdown due to the strength of the kicker or possessing a weak combination.
The hero has a pocket pair of ladies. The flop comes J-6-2 offsuit. A dry flop is not a threat. The opponent calls the continuation bet. He has a wide range of hands in his range. You should try to make the most of your opponent's combinations like AJ, KJ, QJ, JT, TT, 99, 88 and even smaller pairs. With jacks, the opponent can pay all three streets.
The main goal of maximizing profits with strong hands is to feel free to place bets on all three streets!
This technique is used to force the opponent to fold the currently strongest or average combination. It can be top pair, middle pair, bottom pair, two pair, and in some cases of correct aggression - even a set or straight. Special cases when it is possible to knock out a flush or a full house are very rare and require special skill.
Hero opens from the button with T9. Villain has 99 in the big blind. The flop is AJ-6. Hero realizes that the only way to hit middle pair with jacks or middle pockets is on the flop and late streets. Most likely, there is no strong or weak ace in the opponent's range. A skilled player would often 3-bet against a button with this hand.
Catching ten on the late streets is dubious, especially since your opponent can bet himself with his pair 99. The best way to win the pot is to bluff the flop and turn bets to maximize fold equity.
Profits from dead money are often underestimated. Many people are afraid to make test bets with a hand of borderline strength, especially when there are more than 2 opponents in the game.
Then the counter question arises: how to protect your small pocket pair on a high board structure? This will be quite difficult to do when surrounded by awkward neighbors. An experienced regular, and just a fish, feels every weakness shown. On your missed continuation bet, one of them will easily make a test bet on the next street. Then you have to say goodbye to your pocket of sixes, which was high on the flop.
The only way out is to place your bets yourself. This maximizes fold equity when the hero is the aggressor preflop and gives a clearer picture of the opponent's range.
Hero opens with a raise on the potato with pocket 77. Villain calls in the small blind with T9. The flop comes AJ-6.
On one side the board is dry. But if the hero checks, then the next streets the opponent can catch a backdoor street or one of his pairs T or 9.
Having an idea of the opponent's adequacy, in this situation it is better not to hesitate and make a continuation bet on the flop yourself. She will protect a weak pocket pair and discourage the opponent from making difficult moves, having only a weak backdoor in her hands.
With a strong hand, you need to make the most of your weak opponents by value betting whenever possible.
With a weak hand, feeling the passiveness of your opponent, you need to try to knock out his middle hand. Bluff betting will help you get your opponent to click a button FOLDbefore reaching showdown.
A medium-strength hand should not be pulled to showdown if it is possible to decide the outcome of the fight in your favor already on the flop. To do this, it is enough to use a donk-bet or a continuation bet.