Don’t know how much to bet? In poker, your bet must be proportional to the size of the pot. Betting too little may open the doors for the negative consequences of small bets: which may allow for players with weak hands to continue playing and maybe improving their hands and being in a position to win.
The ideal suggestion if you have a very good hand is to bet big; the strategy you decide to follow will determine your success or the failure of your game. Likewise, the position in which you are within the table has great importance when deciding how much you should bet.
Follow the recommendations bellow and you will improve considerably your ability to bet appropriately and to be able to change the size of the bets.
The first betting round will begin right after the mandatory bets (Small Blind and Big Blind) and after having received your private cards from the Dealer. This first round is known as the pre–flop betting. You must always keep in mind that the bet you make is your best weapon against your opponents, this is your chance to fool them!
If you have good cards, you could match the big blind or even raise and bet higher. The standard pre-flop raise is equivalent to three times the big blind if no other player has made a bet before your turn. If you have a weak hand, you may consider matching the big blind to get the opportunity to view the flop. If nothing interesting comes along to improve your hand you should consider folding (give up our hand).
After the Dealer has revealed the first three community cards you must put to practice your ability to bet and to control the size of the pot in benefit of your hand. Advantage should also be taken of the position that you find yourself in on the table.
If you are opening the betting round and have a strong hand, your foremost interest will be to increase the pot by raising your bet in order to force all other players to fold, pay your bet or raise it. If you are not opening the round, you should bet and wait for others to pay your bet or raise.
The recommended bet on the Flop is three fourths of the pot. For instance, if the pot has 200€/$, your bet should be around 150 or 200€/$. By doing this you will get rid of all players with poor hands and force those who want to continue playing to pay your bet.
If, on the contrary, you do not have a very good hand, your interest would be in keeping the pot small, therefore you will simplpy “check”. However, this technique does not guarantee that other players will not make a bet and, therefore, force you to raise in order to continue playing.
During this stage, after the Dealer has placed the fourth community card on the table, your strategy and your position on the table are key elements for protecting your cards. If you have a strong hand and believe that your opponent has a strong hand too, you must try to force him to quit by placing a very high bet.
Supposing you are confident that you have the best hand, you could proceed by placing small bets which most likely will be called. This is a way to increase the size of the pot without scaring or alarming your opponents. This will confuse them as for the strength of your hand, giving you the opportunity to make a big bet on the following round.
If you do not have the best hand, this would be the moment to decide if you should continue betting or not.
Once the fifth community card has been revealed, the final betting round takes place. Make a small raise if you think your hand has good chances, forcing other opponents just to see what the odds are. This is called a value bet.
Bluffing on the River round can really pay off. Since other players may decide to fold and you would win the pot without having to show your cards.