eXceptional Poker Tip: Look at Board Texture Before Continuation Betting
Evaluating board texture is key to successful continuation betting.
There are a number of important factors to consider when deciding when to c-bet on the flop if you missed. Among the most important of these is the texture of the board.
A flop of K♥7♠2♦ is much less likely to hit an opponent’s range than K♥Q♥9♠ . The former is relatively dry (meaning it has not hit your opponent’s range very hard), while the latter is wet (meaning it’s more likely to have connected with your opponent’s cards).
You have to always remember why you’re c-betting in poker. It’s almost always to either to get a worse hand to call, or to get a better hand to fold. When you miss the flop and you’re considering c-betting, it’s to get better hands to fold. Factor in your opponent’s hand range with the board texture, and then decide why you’re considering c-betting. If you can’t come up with a good answer, don’t bet.
Bottom Line: Look At Board Texture Before Continuation Betting
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