The art of betting is a skill considered very important in poker. It may sound just like child’s play or part of the game, but betting is where one can play it cool, bluff it off and have players fold on you. All poker professionals acquired the ability to make the correct betting amount when deemed necessary, especially in games like no limit Texas Hold’em poker.
Like standard operating procedure in certain systems, begin playing poker in an aggressive manner, making strong bets and making it clear to other players you’re not there to simply play. If you start off timid and cough up weak bets, this will often give you little to no leverage in the game and even prevent you from gathering much needed information from other players. So, it’s standard procedure to make it a point in the beginning to make strong bets and be aggressive. This will give you certain information you can use against your opponents and also to protect your hand.
The first chance you get to make a bet or a raise should be done on the flop. It’s here that you get the opportunity to thin out the field when you have strong cards and make post-flops choices rather easier by reducing the number of players that continue to see a flop. A good way to decrease the number of players in the hand is to make a decent size raise that forces other players into folding or calling. A raise that is in the minimum is not going to produce such an impact and so you will only get yourself a lot of callers in the game. A decent pre-flop bet is at least 3 times the size of the big blind and with maximum pre-flop bet of 4 times.
Hereafter, bets should come in relation to the amount of the pot. Pay attention to the amount of the pot always since your bets will depend on it. If you think you’re lucky and got yourself a great hand or you’re looking at the chance to bluff, then bet on the range of 75% – 100% of the pot amount. This will give your opponents an impression that they have bad pot odds to call for any draw and may force them to fold even if they got decent hands that’s a bit better than yours, thus eliminating the competition conveniently. Betting higher than what’s stated may cause your opponents to conclude suspicion and may call or raise on you knowing they have a strong hand.
On re-raising your opponents, consider betting about 3 times the amount your opponent has raised. With this, they will be placed in a tough position and give them poor odds to call if they are on a draw.