When To BET Or CHECK [Pot Control Strategy]

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This poker strategy segment video covers a question asked by one of you! Jonathan looks at when you should value bet vs when you should slow down and pot control.
It is a common question that I am asked by many of my poker students as they are unsure whether their hand is strong enough to bet for 2 or 3 streets of value or whether they should decide to control the size of the pot by checking.

Remember that when you are recounting a hand history that you must give as much information as possible so that any analysis can factor in all of the many variables in a poker hand!

What positions are the players in? How deep is the effective stack (the smallest stack in the hand)? Is there any previous history with the opponent? These are just a few of the questions you should be answering when asking for poker advice on any given poker hand.

Whenever you decide to bet in a poker hand you must always ask yourself; what am I trying to accomplish? With your strong made hands you are looking to get called by worse hand hands, protect against various draws and also get accurate information from better made hands.

0:00 – Intro
1:03 – What Are You Trying To Accomplish?
3:52 – What Can Go Wrong?
6:20 – A Summary
7:44 – How To Exploit Opponents Tendencies

On this Poker Coaching channel we cover a weekly poker topic to help improve your poker strategy!

In order to take your poker game to the next level it is vitally important you learn all the nuances of the game.

Do you know what ranges of poker hands you should be playing from each position? When should you 3-bet, call or fold? When is the right time to make a hero call or a huge bluff? Do you know how to play preflop, flop, turn & river effectively and how should your poker strategy change depending on the street? What difference does it make if you are playing multi-way vs heads-up?

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10 thoughts on “When To BET Or CHECK [Pot Control Strategy]

  1. What variables do YOU consider when deciding whether to value bet or check for pot control? 🤔

  2. Some considerations I think about when acting post flop
    1. Who is in Position? H or V?
    2. Who has range and nut advantages? Do I have both?
    3. Is the board static or dynamic?
    4. What is the effective stack in the hand?
    5. How does the board texture interact with our ranges?
    6. What tendencies do I know about my opponent?
    7. Can i generate fold EQ on future streets?
    8. What turn cards do I plan to barrel on and which to I plan to check or check raise on?
    9. Any game flow considerations should be factored into this hand?
    10 Did I flop premium/marginal/trash?

  3. I find myself getting sandbagged a lot when I go with larger sizings lol, which is more annoying than getting raised.

  4. If I was villain here, this makes me want to either bet or bluffraise turn with any sort of 9x/Tx hands and bomb river 🙂

  5. OK I have a question. I played heads up, had 9-6 of hearts. Opp raises, I re-raise, she follows. And 3h-5h-Jd is flop. She checks, I raise small, she calls. I have a straight flush draw. On the turn the board is 3h-5h-Jd-3c. She checks, I raise smallish, she calls. On the river the board is 3h-5h-Jd-3c-8c. She checks. I have nothing, my flush missed. What should I bet?

  6. The thing at low stakes is, nobody bets the pot on the flop. Whenever I bet for value on flop and turn cause, yes, I want a bigger pot cause of my chances, they call everything to get to the river no matter what. At that point everything can happen and they can easily bluff or raise cause get the lucky river for the nut. I know in the long run they end up loosing money but man… It s just like playing with unpredictable bots

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