This article will focus on Texas Hold’em Strategy, specifically follow up betting.
So your at a tournament and you are dealt Ace Queen.
You are close to late position and you decide to throw in a raise. You make it 4 times the big blind, which happens to be 400 chips.
One person calls you.
Let’s say the flop comes 229
Now. You are FIRST to act.
What do you do?? Should you check and hope your opponent checks for a free card?
NO! You have to bet! First of all, unless he has a pocket pair you have him beat at this point in the pot.
I recommend that you bet half the pot, which would amount to around 450 chips.
This signals to your opponent that you are STRONG and he cannot take this pot from you.
Weakness in Hold’em is not a good trait to exhibit. Any type of weakness in betting or simply checking is how your opponent will rake pots away from you.
Now, lets say you bet half the pot and you are re-raised. What should you do at this point? It depends on a number of factors including:
How your opponent has been playing
The size of your chip stack
What stage of the tournament you are in
The size of your opponents chip stack
The number of outs you have
There are so many factors in tournament Hold’em that you always have to be factoring before you make a decision.
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