In this new Paul Phua Poker video, Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov and Rui “PepperoniF” Cao share some valuable insights from bet sizing and why it matters.
Bet-sizing is one of the most important concepts no limit hold’em – in fact, says Timofey Kuznetsov, aka online poker legend “Trueteller,” it’s pretty much all that matters.
“I think bet sizing post-flop is basically the main question or the main task of the no limit hold’em game. It’s only the most important question, basically – what are your bet sizes?” he says.
That means, if you don’t know how to size your bets correctly, you’re pretty much just clicking buttons.
How to size your bets in no limit hold’em
So, what should you be thinking about when choosing the amount to bet post-flop? In this new Paul Phua Poker video, Timofey Kuznetsov and Rui Cao break it down into a handy, simplified mantra.
“All you know about poker goes through your head when you’re picking your bet sizes, so it’s really, really hard to explain in a few words, but generally if you’re bluffing, you want to bet bigger, and if you’re value-betting, you want to bet smaller.”
What could be simpler? Except, it’s not quite so simple, as Rui Cao interjects. It’s more about the amount of bluffs in your range.
”It’s about the more bluffs you can have here, the bigger you bet, and if, let’s say, people don’t expect you… or you don’t really have many bluff in in this situation, you bet smaller because you give them a price,” says Cao. “If the price is not good for them then they’re not going to call. So, it’s basically this. It’s the percentage of bluffs and the percentage of value you can have in certain situations – and you can do some tricky, tricky stuff, but basically it’s like that.
The secret to correctly bet sizing
So, with value hands, if you happen to have a lot of potential bluffs in your range (if there are a host of draws on the board that never came in, for example), you bet bigger, because you’re more likely to get called. And if you have very few bluffs, you have to offer your opponent a tempting price in order to get a call.
But what if you’re bluffing? When should you be tempted to bet big on the river? Trueteller has the answer.
“Usually when my opponent’s range doesn’t have too many very big hands. When I know that he can’t have the real nuts, so it’s hard for him to have an easy call, so all the calls he can make will be really tough calls. In those situations, you can expect him to call fold quite often – if he’s not, like, angry with you or something.”