Beginners are not the only players to make inappropriate bet sizes. It stands to reason that, because the size of the pot relative to bet and stack sizes forms the foundation of each hand, we should try our best to at least find the right bet sizing range. It is imperative that we make correct bet sizes in order to get the most value from each hand we are involved in, whether this is maximizing gains or minimising losses.
Making weak, smallish bets gives the opposition both favourable odds for drawing hands (indeed decent odds for all sorts of hands to overtake us) and the opportunity, upon sensing our inability to bet more aggressively, to bully us and thus collect what should be our spoils. Betting strongly has the advantage of forcing drawing hands to pay over the odds to continue as well as reminding others that when we bet we mean business.
First, let’s assume that we already follow a general rule pre-flop along the lines of raising 3xBB plus 1xBB for each limper (some players, depending on the action, might opt for 4xBB) so that we don’t give anyone a cheap ticket to see the flop. Also, if we are going to raise someone else’s pre-flop bet, then we should be raising roughly three times their original bet to make their odds unattractive.
Moving on to the flop and beyond, we should always be aware when making a bet of both the size of the pot and relevant stack sizes but, as a rule, in order to optimise our play and thus induce incorrect play from opponents we should be looking to have a minimum bet in mind. In ‘normal’ circumstances – when we think we have the best hand at the table, for instance – we really need to be betting around 3/4 of the pot on the flop. Many players put themselves off betting this much, either not wanting to scare off the opposition or even because they are afraid to bet so big in case they are up against a monster (an awful, negative line of thought!). But this is in fact an optimal bet size as it achieves the two key aims of giving opponents with drawing hands incorrect pot odds and maximising value every time someone calls with a worse hand.
Unless we are absolutely positive that a 3/4-pot bet won’t bring the desired result (of course there will be instances where smaller bets are called for) we should get into the habit of betting strongly rather than giving away pot odds and losing value. Moreover, if we aren’t prepared to bet big we might consider not betting at all. It might feel a little difficult at first if we are instead used to betting 1/3 of the pot, for example, but it won’t take long to appreciate that more appropriately aggressive play is far more effective.
Remember also that big bets garner information (and thus help us better define hand ranges) as the opposition needs a genuine reason to remain in the hand – betting small merely invites all kinds of hands to stay in contention.
To make life so much easier when it comes to bet sizing, take advantage of 32Red‘s very useful Bet Slider tool, a facility that allows us to pre-select bet sizing options so that we don’t have to fiddle about during a hand. This has a massive range of pre-settings to choose from so that we are able to decide precisely the values in the bet boxes that pop up when it is our turn to act. When seated at a table, sort out this excellent tool by clicking on Menu, Options and Bet Slider and, in the Texas Hold’em/Omaha tab, create a new profile.
Good luck at the tables!
Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador
The hunt is on for a Royal Flush of diamonds…
Join us every evening at 9pm (UK time) as we hunt for a precious Royal Flush of diamonds!
Be the first player to make a diamond Royal Flush and claim the Diamond Royale (DR) progressive jackpot. Our DR tournaments are played on the classic game of no-limit Texas Hold’em and offer 1500 starting chips with 10 minute blind levels. Each game is guaranteed at €150 and costs a tiny €6 + €1 to enter. While all buyins go towards the game’s prize pool, all tournament fees go towards the DR jackpot which we’ve started off at €500…
Enjoy a €150 Freeroll this ‘Spring Bank Holiday’ courtesy of 32Red Poker!
|Tournament Name||€150 “Spring Bank Holiday” Freeroll|
|Date & Time||Monday 30th May at 3pm (UK time)|
|Chips/Blinds||3000 starting chips, 6 minute levels|
|Details||No-Limit Texas Hold’em, Knockout|
…because the early bird catches the worm!
Here at 32Red Poker, early risers can catch up to three fantastic ‘Early Bird’ Freerolls every morning between 8am and 10am (UK time). Read on to find out more…
$10 ‘Early Bird’ Lottery
Join us every morning at 8:15am (UK time) for an exciting lottery tournament where cards are dealt face up every hand and in an all-in situation until the tournament completes.
|Date & Time||Every morning at 8:15am (UK time)|
|Chips/Blinds||1 starting chip, all-in levels|
|Details||No-limit Texas Hold’em, knockout|
$20 ‘Early Bird’ Survivor
You have about 15 minutes after the lottery completes to make some tea and toast before hitting the tables again for our super-turbo Survivor freeroll at 8:30am (UK time).
|Date & Time||Every morning at 8:30am (UK time)|
|Chips/Blinds||3000 starting chips, 3 minute levels|
|Details||No-limit Texas Hold’em, Survivor|
$32 ‘Early Bird’ Freeroll
A tiny 32 Redbacks will gain you entry into our $32 Freeroll, every morning at 9am (UK time).
|Date & Time||Every morning at 9:00am (UK time)|
|Chips/Blinds||2K starting chips, 6 minute levels|
|Details||Rebuy 2K chips for 32 Redbacks during the first hour, or addon 5K chips for 50 Redbacks at the break.
Sunday 24th April at 6pm (UK time)
Our €750,000 Guaranteed Tournament is a 2-day event and runs on a quarterly basis throughout the year, at 6pm (UK time). The tournament is played on the popular game of no-limit Texas Hold’em and offers 10,000 starting chips, 20 minute blind levels, 30 seconds response time and a 120-second time bank for those all important decisions! You can buy in directly to the tournament for €300 + €20 but there are plenty of cheap qualifying tournaments available throughout the month. The game is a ‘Freezeout’ which means that re-buys are not allowed, however late-registrations are allowed during the first two hours.
32Red’s $175,000 BadBeat Jackpot continues to Rise!
It feels like such a long time since the last BadBeat Jackpot was hit at 32Red Poker … when in actual fact it was less than 3 months ago when it paid out a fantastic jackpot amount of $84,570. Today the jackpot stands at more than double that – $176,914.95 (and rising!)
How great would it be if the BadBeat Jackpot hit around Christmas time? To get an idea of how often 32Red’s BadBeat Jackpots hit, or how much they pay out, check our ‘Previous BadBeat Winners‘ page. We have collated the most comprehensive data on all our Winners, Jackpot Amounts, Hand Numbers etc…
I’m sure there will be lots of you playing at our BadBeat tables around this festive period so 32Red would like to wish you all the very best of luck and a very Merry Christmas.
Don’t forget! To qualify for the BadBeat Jackpot, the losing hand must contain Four-of-a Kind, 8’s or better.
Click here to learn more about 32Red’s BadBeat Jackpot.
Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the 32Red tables)
How it works
Each participating online poker forum will run 9x no-limit Texas Hold’em ‘Forumfest’ tournaments, each offering 1500 starting chips and 10 minute blind levels. Points will be awarded after each game, in reverse order from the number of entrants (e.g. if 10 entrants, 10th place gets 1 point and 1st place gets 10 points). The buy-in for each tournament is a tiny $3 + $0.30, which go towards each prize pool.
While 32Red Poker sets up all the Forumfest games, forum moderators will ensure that scores are up to date. Finalists who are found to be unassociated to their respective Forums will forfeit any Final prizes.
$500 Forumfest Final
The top 3 players from each participating online poker forum at the end of September will meet in our $500 Forumfest Final tournament on Sunday 3rd October at 20:00 (UK time).
$500 Forumfest Final – Prizes
- $150 Cash Prize
- $100 Cash Prize
- $80 Cash Prize
- $50 Cash Prize
- $40 Cash Prize
- $30 Cash Prize
- $20 Cash Prize
- $15 Cash Prize
- $10 Cash Prize
- $5 Cash Prize
32Red Poker wishes every participating forum the very best of luck in September’s $500 Forumfest!