Big Bet in Poker

Big Bet in Poker

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Beginners in poker are always caught between making too many decisions during the game that should also be the right ones. However, this is what sets a good player apart from others. Not knowing to size your bets is one of the most common rookie mistakes every beginner makes. Here, we discuss how to size your big bets in poker and when to call them exactly so as to optimize your output from the given game.

What exactly is Big Bet in Poker?

Poker games having fixed limits constitute of two different sized bets and the larger of the two bets is known as the big bet in poker. In poker variants such as fixed limit Omaha and Hold’em, the size of the big bet is twice as that of the big blind. The small bet and big bet sizing are used in the game based on the betting round.

How is it used in the games?

As per the rules of the fixed limit games, big bets cannot be used randomly or at any point of the game. The player gets to use fifth, sixth and seventh street for betting in Stud games. Whereas, in Omaha and Hold’em, the betting is done in increments of big bets on the river and the turn only. A big bet in poker is symbolized by the term “BB” and shouldn’t be confused with big blinds which are symbolized by “bb”. Big blinds signify the winning probabilities in a particular game.

How and when to call your big bets?

So, your strategy to call the big bets in poker is majorly dependent on the type of opponent you are playing against and their expertise in the game.

·         Novice players – These players are mostly inexperienced and you cannot expect them to bluff quite often as the expert opponents. They are also unaware about some of the basics of the game which includes knowing hand ranges and its corresponding actions, hence giving you an opportunity to pay off big bets if you have a strong hand compared to others. The best way to beat and play against amateur players is to use raw card odds and assume their cards to have been randomly chosen without any strategy.

·         Wild players – These kinds of players are known to be one step ahead of the amateur players who pretend to be as experienced as the experts but their plays tend to be inconsistent and shabby. They might be better than players from the previous category but they are no good in making sensible strategies. You need to target showdowns and big pots to hunt down these players. These wild opponents try to make over the top raises pre-flop. So, once you have identified these players, you should come up with a strategy to flop two against them and wait for them to make big bluffs before you can make a big bet.

·         Short stacked players – If you are playing with these kinds of players, make sure to not fold easily to all-in bets called by them. Once their stacks begin to fall, they make unreasonable bets and this might be your chance to not fold real hands, and raise the pot while you can.

Now that you know what the big bets in poker are and when to use them, it is time to implement this for real in online games. Download the GetMega Poker app now and get started.

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Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma

Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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