Some time ago, someone mentioned about continuation betting.
I didn't think too deeply about it at the time although I did realise the importance of it. It really hit home today.
I played a freeroll at Betonline and there was the usual freeroll mindless all-in betting at the beginning. After about half of the players had been knocked out, it became a really interesting and dare I say it, quite exciting game. Play was tight and the hands being played were quality.
I had AK suited and decided to raise the pot pre-flop. Most of the players folded except for two who called. The flop came on the table and if my memory serves me correctly, it was a 249 rainbow flop. A total miss on the flop for me. I was first to act and if I checked, I would show my weakness so I bet half the pot. One player folded and one called. The next card was another 4. Again, if I checked I would show a hand weakness on the other side of the coin, if I bet (and it needed to be a reasonable bet as the pot was growing), I might be chucking my chips away. I decided to continue the betting and put about two thirds of the pot into the middle. To my surprise (and joy) my opponent folded.
At this point, I'm thinking my continuation bet from my original pre-flop raise showed strength from the getgo. I guess the opponent put me on a largish pair.
It is worth remembering your pre-flop action (and of course your opponent's pre-flop action too). If you raised and missed the flop, it is definitely worth continuing the bet as though you hit or have a great pocket pair. Quite often, you have to take that continuation betting right up to the river to get your opponent(s) to fold. Try not to lose your nerve, bet like you have the nuts and your confidence will win the hand.
It is also worth remembering the other side of the coin where perhaps your opponent has raised pre-flop and misses once the flop comes down. They may well be continuing their bet; look out for over-betting.
Obviously, there is no way I can tell you whether someone is contuation betting or not; the best I can suggest is watch their range of hands. Look at the sort of cards they raise and call with and draw your conclusions from what you know and what you see. Make notes where you can.
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