Strategy with Sushi: Part X – How to Bet Like a Pro

Aditya-SushantOnlinePokerNews (OPN) presents an exclusive column of poker strategies with Adda52 Team Spades pro Aditya Sushant in which he’ll share his views on several strategy questions. With over 5 years of experience at live as well as online poker games, Aditya is one of the most successful professional poker players in India. In this weekly strategy column, he will share his thoughts on a number of poker strategy topics and give a detailed insight of this game of skill.

Every player has 4 options to act in the game – bet, call, check, raise or fold. Betting in poker is a crucial move as it determines your strength, weakness, bluff and also drives your opponents. Betting is that fundamental skill which needs to be mastered to become a good player. Every professional poker player knows when and how much to bet to reach a perfect finish to the hand. In the 10th chapter of “Strategy With Sushi”, Aditya Sushant speaks about how to bet like a pro in poker.

Q1. What are the best scenarios to bet?

Sushi – In any form of poker, the scenarios of betting can be when you’re value betting, semi-bluffing, bluffing or trying to protect your hand.

Q2. Should a player bet for information?

Sushi – Betting for information is generally regarded to be a bad play. You are either betting for value or as a bluff. There are some instances though where u can bet for information and these generally crop up more in cash games.

Q3. How crucial is a river value bet?

Sushi – It’s one of the most useful tools. Many people don’t value bet enough on the river or value bet thinly enough. River is where you can extract the most money usually.

Q4. How crucial is continuation bet in winning the pots you aren’t entitled to?

Sushi – It’s a fairly important betting scenario. One should be careful not to go overboard with it though otherwise people will pick up on it and start playing back.

Q5. How to size our bet in accordance with pot odds?

Sushi – One should try and bet proportionate to the pot. You should also ensure that you’re giving your opponent bad odds to draw when he’s drawing.

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