Betting Amount In No Limit Holdem

Tue, 28 Oct 2008 22:07

Betting Amount in No Limit Hold'em

How the betting amount affects the poker games.

Learning the skill of making just the right amount of bets in No Limit (NL) Texas Hold'em games is a very challenging task. You would always be confronted with a decision to choose between rewards and risks. An example is this: You have a strong hand but if you bet so big, you would scare everybody off. On the other hand, if you wager too softly, it gives the danger of giving your opponents the odds to make a draw.

There are actually two ideas you can follow when it comes to the betting amount in No Limit Holdem games. The first idea is to wager a uniform amount all the time, whether your hand is weak or strong. The rationale behind this idea is that it would be hard for the others to read what your hands are because your bets are consistent. The second idea suggests that you take a more intuitive path wherein you assess each scenario, and place a wager based on what you think is more appropriate for each situation. Some think that taking the intuitive path is more beneficial, especially in cash games. Betting differing sums could be used as a psychological weapon, preventing your opponents from figuring you out.

Tips on the betting amount in No Limit Hold'em games

Establish a goal.

There are times when you would raise before the flop and then miss the flop, leaving just one competitor fighting it out with you. If you bet on that opponent with nothing, then what you are doing is pushing. The goal here is to represent a very strong set and pray that you win. In instances wherein you're semibluffing or bluffing, it is not a good idea to go all in, if you could reach the same goal without giving all you have. If you go for a big bet in an NL game, the odds are that the only set that would call on you is that one which has a stronger hand. You shouldn't risk a lot if there is a strong chance that the opponent would fold under a mid-sized wager.

Use overbetting and underbetting strategies wisely.

This poker variant is like a trapping game wherein players trap each other through slowplaying and other strategies. Use overbetting and underbetting strategies depending on the circumstances. To overbet is to intentionally wager more than your usual, so as to confuse an opponent. If you overbet, your opponent would think that if you have a strong hand, why would you make such a giant bet, even if you know that the opponent won't call a big bet? Your opponent may then assume that you really don't have the hand.

Don't stick to the standard betting amount all the time.

A lot of raises being made during an NL game are usually three to five times the big blind before the flop. Bear in mind that just because this is what usually happens, it doesn't mean that you have to make such bets for all games. The more competitors limp in before the flop, the more you could raise because they have already made a decision to go for the money. An example is this: You have a pair of Qs in the late seat, and four players have already limped before you. Raising the big blind to three times its amount is really not a good move. Chances are, you would get four callers and you'll be forced to raise more than the average to get rid of the players.