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Old 10-21-04, 08:02 PM
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obligatory bets on the button?

it seems that when I am playing, the last person to act after the flop will almost ALWAYS bet if it is checked to him.

i understand the reasoning... if there is only a player or two in the pot, but it seems even if there are 5 people checking before him it's just the obligatory bet... can someone explain why? like... if you have no hand, why do you bet on the button just cause you have position if you still have no hand?
Old 10-21-04, 09:06 PM
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I don't know that it is almost ALWAYS the right thing to do. However, it has a lot to due with position. If players check all the way around until the button, it normally shows weakness. By placing a bet, the player on the button can hope to accomplish one of several things, such as:
  • Stealing the pot
  • Betting an actual hand
  • Reducing the number of players in the hand to increase his chance of winning
  • Value betting a drawing hand
  • Increasing the pot to make calling on the turn correct
  • Stone cold bluffing
Unfortunately, many players do not understand the concept of position or overuse this particular play. In the long run it ends up costing them as players will see through the play and likely call or check-raise with legitimate hands.
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If it gets checked to me OTB both the flop and the turn, I'd normally take a stab at it.
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i understand why you bet on the button... but if there are like 6 players in and you have no hand? that's just begging for a checkraise... and all 5 aren't ever going to fold...
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On pacific poker, if you do this everyone will call your bet and nobody will fold.
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Originally posted by El Scorcho
On pacific poker, if you do this everyone will call your bet and nobody will fold.
"He called me with jack high!"
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No no, the best is when someone nails 9's and 5's on the flop after calling your re-raise with pocket aces or kings. I love that.

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