Learn How To Optimize Your C-Bet Size For Specific Board TexturesIt’s basically impossible to have a c-betting discussion without talking about how to optimize our bet-sizing.
But what are the main things we need to consider when you want to optimize your c-bet size?
***Choosing the best bet size is primarily a function of board texture and SPR, (Tweet This)
…and the real key is to understand how all of the different turn possibilities will play out following different bet sizes.
ALWAYS ask Yourself These Three Questions…
- What SPR is being set up?
- How elastic are the opponent’s calling and raising ranges?
- What are the possible turn textures?
Let’s start off with board texture.
It’s typically better to c-bet smaller on static boards and bigger on dynamic boards (to find out more information about these board textures, check out Lesson 8: “Boarding School” in PLO QuickPro Elite).
The explanation for this is pretty simple, and it relates back to what we have talked about in previous articles. People flop equity less often on static boards, which means that they’ll generally be folding to your c-bets more often, so betting smaller makes sense because it gives you a better price on your bluff.
You Want to Bet Bigger on Dynamic Boards For THREE reasons.
- Dynamic boards hit people’s ranges harder than static boards, as well as a wider variety of turn cards that change the board texture.
- You want to charge your opponents for their draws, as well as calling us down when we’re semi-bluffing.
- When you bet bigger you make it more expensive for an opponent to float or bluff-raise (which they’ll have more opportunities to do on dynamic boards than static boards).
There are of course a few situations where c-betting smaller on dynamic boards makes sense.
This happens when you have a monster draw and want to encourage hands that have reverse implied odds to come along with you. For example, when you have top set and the nut flush draw. Next, noting how your bet sizing will affect the turn SPR (Stack to Pot Ratio) and how it fits into your game plan on later streets is very important.
…are stacks deep enough to fire a second barrel?
If your opponent calls the turn, are the stacks deep enough to fire a third barrel?
Being conscious of the SPR allows you to LEVERAGE your stack on the turn by using the threat of a river bet to make your opponent fold his draw.
Last, if you’re trying to get stacks in by the river with a value hand or strong semi-bluff, it’s important to plan your bets accordingly so that you don’t lose value by betting too small on earlier streets. Another big difference between NLHE and PLO is that in the latter, you can’t just over-bet ship the river to maximize your value.
What About C-Betting Full Pot You Ask?
A moment ago we outlined a general strategy for sizing our bets based on board texture and SPR.
But you might be wondering…”does it ever makes sense to c-bet full pot?”
After all, this is a pot-limit game, “so shouldn’t there be spots where betting full pot makes sense?”
…the short answer is yes, there definitely are.
Besides the obvious cases where you’re bombing pot to protect your hand against draws on very dynamic boards, or in four-bet pots where the SPR is very low, there’s a few cases where betting full pot makes sense.
Here’s Where it Makes Sense to C-Bet FULL Pot
The first is against frequent check-raisers and bluff-raisers. Like I said earlier, betting bigger is a profitable adjustment against these players because from a game theory standpoint, if they choose to re-raise you as a bluff, it has to work MORE often to turn a profit.
Take a look at this example, let’s say you bet 50 into a pot of 100, and a player check-raises three times our bet to 150.
…he’s risking 150 to win 300, which means that he needs to be successful half of the time to turn a profit.
On the other hand, if we bet 100 into a pot of 100 and he wants to check-raise three times our bet again, he’ll have to risk 300 to win 500, which means that it’ll have to work 60% of the time to be profitable.
The Two BIG Benefits of C-Betting Full Pot
1. It’s generally perceived to be much stronger than c-betting the standard two thirds or half pot.
About a year ago, I was getting really frustrated because I felt like I was getting floated or raised practically every time I c-bet, so I adjusted by c-betting full pot against the players that I felt were floating and bluff raising me with wide ranges, and as a result…players were MUCH more hesitant to get out of line against me. This obviously depends on who the opponents are, because some players actions are insensitive to bet sizing, so against them you’re better off sticking to the aforementioned default recommendations.
***Against players that don’t respect your c-bets, adjusting by c-betting full pot is definitely an option. (Tweet This)
2. C-betting full pot defines your opponents ranges more than a standard size does.
Since players are typically scared of getting outdrawn, they don’t have the discipline to flat-call big hands, meaning that if you c-bet full pot they’ll reveal the strength of their hand by trying to get the money in quick to protect it. Likewise when they float you, you’ll know that their range is probably weighted more heavily towards a draw, which makes hand reading both in position and OOP easier.