Poker strategies: The art of value betting

Poker India | August 22nd, 2016 | Poker Strategy, Tips and Tricks

poker strategies the art of value betting

The process of extracting as much chips as you can from your poker opponents, when you have the winning hand, before the eventual showdown is called as value betting. A close example: you have KQ and the flop comes out as J T A. You need to draw maximum chips as possible from your opponent so that you can win a massive pot till the showdown.

It may not be as easy as it sounds! The poker strategies are complex: That confident feeling of winning the pot might give a lot of information. You must be very calculative about how much of chips you want to bet in each turn, without giving a slightest hint that you have the best hand.

How to Value Bet

Expert players execute value betting with a blend of confidence, experience and intuition. This combination comes with more of practice and the hours you put at the poker tables. However, expert players have themselves let the secrets poker strategies on how to execute the perfect value bet. The following poker strategies, compiled from the best poker tips and tricks, will teach you how!

Let us take a scenario where the poker strategies can be explained from both late and early positions:

Late Position: You are holding a pair of sixes – 6♥ 6♦ with a big blind of Rs.100. And the flop comes out to be 6♠ 2♠ 2♥. Here you have a clear shot at winning with a full house. If the opponent before you raises to Rs.400, it would be a good idea to raise it to Rs.600. Your opponent will definitely call as he would not let go of Rs.400. Now the pot size has increased to Rs.1150. The turn is 6♠ 2♠ 2♥ A♦. Your opponent raises it to Rs.600, making a clear indication that he has an Ace and threatening you to back out. But here, you play the trick by just calling, indicating that you either have an Ace or waiting your desired card to arrive. Now the river is 6s 2s 2♥ A♦ J♦. The opponent will try to threaten you again with a massive raise of Rs.1200. This time, you take the action and raise ridiculously to Rs.3000. If your opponent folds, you will win a pot of Rs.2950 and if your opponent takes the bait, you win a massive pot of Rs.5950!

Early Position: Let us examine the same scenario from early position. A pair of sixes is definitely a hand to raise – You can safely raise to Rs.400 where your opponent will definitely call. When the flop hits 6♠ 2♠ 2♥, you have a clear shot at victory with a full house. But you must bet cautiously without attracting too much attention with a raise of Rs.400. Now your opponent has the chance to call or raise; in this case, just call. Now the pot is Rs.1750 and the turn is 6♠ 2♠ 2♥ A♦. Here you cannot be the aggressor as if you bet again, you opponent will think that you have one Ace; so, just check. Your opponent now on the other hand will definitely try to check if you have a better hand by raising 3 times the bet to Rs.1200. Now you must amuse your opponent by raising it to Rs.1600. Your opponent has no other chance but to call. The pot is now Rs.4450 and the river is 6♠ 2♠ 2♥ A♦ J♦. This is your last chance to draw money from your opponent – Make a decent bet without making your opponent fold – Bet Rs.1200. If your opponent calls, you win again with a massive pot of Rs.5750! As you can see that you value bet from both early and late positions!

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