Poker Playing Styles; advantages and disadvantages: PostFlop

by PokerAnon ~ March 21st, 2012. Filed under: Basics of poker, Instructional posts.


Continuation of the listing, for postflop plays.

Categorized plays; Postflop

Fit or Fold; Stats: low postflop aggression and bet frequency

  • GOOD: easy decision making
  • GOOD: minimizing risks
  • probably need to see lots of flops and to call down with underpairs and 2nd or even 3rd pair on flop
  • may need to be a chaser as well, chasing with draws and with overcards
  • BAD: give up on lots of best hands if calling preflop raises and folding
  • SO SO: may be appropriate playing against maniacs
  • BAD: cannot be a long term winner against the general population of poker players using this as your primary postflop strategy

Slowplay trips, straight, flush, two pair, even TP

  • GOOD: set can be paid off by TP or overpair
  • GOOD: can be paid off by aggressive player
  • BAD: risk being outdrawn or counterfeited, especially bottom two pair, but often also flush draws or straight draws out draw trips/sets, or two pair/trips/set will draw a full house against made straights/flushes (especially in Omaha!)
  • BAD: usually lose some potential value of the hand by slowplaying

Bet/overbet/bluff river, scare card, or just frequently; Stats: high postflop aggression

  • at low levels some players constantly limp in late position and bet any flop
  • others types will put out large bets and often
  • GOOD: put pressure on marginal hands
  • GOOD: take down lots of small pots
  • GOOD: get paid off with big hands if you remember to use the same bet style
  • BAD: lose big if you bet big and can’t give up to aggression
  • BAD: often too predictable with bets making it easy to pick off, ie. someone who c-bets every hand, or bets every flop, or has already overbet the river twice or shoved flop many times

Raise preflop, bet the flop (continuation bet); Stats: high c-bet %

  • GOOD: take advantage of strength represented preflop, get many folds
  • GOOD: if done regularly, will help to get paid off when you have a big hand
  • BAD: may end up paying off calling stations when you miss the board
  • BAD: maybe check-raised or floated, sometimes with nothing

Float; call a preflop raise, call a flop bet, bet the turn

  • RISKY: can be costly as you’ve invested ~10 bbs just to get to the turn
  • BAD: won’t work against players with high showdown rates (ie players who don’t fold)

Call preflop raise, call flop bet; Stats: high call preflop, possibly high showdown rate

  • with overs, draws, underpairs, or combination
  • some players seem to do this just to see if the preflop raiser is “serious”. They may bet the river with nothing.
  • GOOD: if you have showdown value it might be worthwhile trying to get to showdown cheaply

Call preflop raise out of position, bet out (donk) the flop, Stats: may have high post flop aggression

  • could be middle pair, or pocket pair lower than the high card, or just testing a dry flop
  • betting series is often donk small, donk small, bet pot, or donk small, bet bigger. Small flop donk is often a test of some kind
  • sometimes used as a cheaper alternative to check-raising the flop
  • GOOD: may be able to take the pot down without a struggle
  • GOOD: can start to build the pot, eg flopped set against players who don’t always continuation bet, or if there is more than one player so the preflop raiser may not continuation bet

Chase flushes/straights; Stats: may have high VPIP, low postflop aggression

  • can be paid off when hit, but not always possible to extract value
  • BAD: more difficult to extract value out of position
  • works better at lowest levels; the higher the level the less likely to be paid off when you fill

Bet/raise draws, especially in combination with overs or pairs; Stats: high postflop aggression

  • GOOD: take advantage of fold equity
  • GOOD: take advantage of pot equity early before pot equity shrinks if the turn card misses
  • GOOD: protect against scare cards shutting down the action
  • BAD: difficult situation if out of position and called the turn misses, pot equity has decreased
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