Poker Betting Tips

Reasons to Bet in Poker

To play poker, you must understand betting. This episode explains the four main purposes for making a bet: gaining value, protecting your hand, bluffing, and getting information. Sometimes, you'll place a bet for a combination of these reasons.

We'll take a look at key hands from several big poker tournaments to illustrate why you should bet. At the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), Benny Chen makes a small bet to gain information. Next, at a European Poker Tour (EPT) event in Austria, we see a continuation bet.

In addition to a 'c-bet', there are many other types of bets you can make, like a '3-bet', '4-bet', or 'check-raise'. However, making a 'string bet' is against the rules. The terminology segment will help you understand the language of poker betting.

2005 World Series winner Joe Hachem stops by to explain a critical form of bet, called a 'value bet'. When you're way ahead, betting the maximum might cause your opponent to fold, while betting too little is a missed opportunity for chips. So you must bet an amount that your opponent is willing to call.

However, you must also interpret your opponent's betting patterns to see if he seems strong or weak, or is trying to convince you to make bets when his hand is better than yours. Sometimes, you'll need to make a disciplined fold. Poker champion Daniel Negreanu takes us through a hand where he faced that exact situation.
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