By Davida Mintz December 29, 2013
Each variation of Poker has a number of betting rounds. There are four in Texas Hold’ em, and one betting round in Five-O Poker Pro. Once all five rows are filled, the betting begins. The player, who played second, is the first to place their bet. One bet is all it takes to pressure some opponents into second-guessing their hands, and folding under the pressure.
Betting styles vary widely from opponent to opponent. The most common, and pleasant to play with, are the polite betters who will check it down, or call a small bet if they’re not sure they have the best hand. When they do have the best hand, they will commonly bet twice minimum, and usually win the round.
The opposite style is less common, but seem to be skilled at the game, wildly aggressive and willing to make any size bet allowable to force you to fold or call with the losing hand. After continuing to fold the worst hand to one of these players, my ego got in the way and I called an ill-advised bet and lost 9000 chips. I actually stuck around to recover a few of those chips, which didn’t sit well with my opponent who left the table with a massive amount of my chips in his stack.
What Style Works Best For You
Do you see yourself as an aggressive calculating player, with little concern over the feelings of your opponent? Your playing style can best be described as loose-aggressive, an extremely profitable player type. Be careful not to overdo it, because in excess, this player type can suffer from extraordinary losses.
A tight-aggressive opponent it the patient player, who bets aggressively with the nuts. This player waits all day for a loose-aggressive player to apply pressure by place large bets when they hold the winning hands.
Is Your Hand Bet-Worthy?
Before you bet, it’s important to know how likely you are to win the hand.
1. First, count the rows you can’t lose.
2. Next, the rows you know you’ve lost.
3. Then, count the rows you will win if your opponent doesn’t make his flush or straight.
4. Finally, add the rows you expect to win.
Do the math: If you have a reasonable expectation of winning at least three rows, place a bet, call a bet or put in a raise.
There is not always time to get an accurate account, but other than one invisible row of cards, you have all the information needed to know if you’re a winner.
Placing a Bet
It’s time to raise the stakes and put some chips on the line to place your first bet. Let’s make a small bet. If you want to raise the bet, use the raise slider, and then select raise to raise the bet. When your opponent calls, you go to showdown where the best hand wins. One you place a bet, your opponent has three choices: He can fold, giving up on the hand, call or reraise your original bet.
Bet sizing is a tricky subject that is always under debate in Texas Hold’ em,, and while it’s relegated to the final round in Five-O Poker, the right bet has the power to cause a player with a better hand to fold. The challenge is to bet big enough to get value for you winning boards, but not so big that is scares your opponent into folding. Bet sizing is relative to player type, as you’ll notice some opponents are more likely to fold to even the smallest bet. You’ll run across other opponents who hate to fold, and will give you value for unreasonably large bets you make with the winning hand.