Playing out of position vs in position.

    • Apollos92
      Apollos92
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      Joined: 09.02.2016 Posts: 71
      Suppose you raised preflop and a player calls so that you are now out of position against that player. A correct strategy if you hit a medium strength hand on the flop is not to inflate the pot to much, since you have the disadvantage of being out of position. Suppose however that you hit a drawing hand on the flop such as flush-draw with atleast one overcard. Obvoiusly one should often c-bet here. But if we consider the bet-sizes, what is the appropiate bet-size?

      One could argue that betting 1/2-pot is good since it doesn't inflate the pot to much and you are out of position. But at the same time betting bigger like 1-pot might be good also because you rather want the opponent to fold so you don't need to play this hand any further having the disadvantage of being out of position. What is the right logic here, how should I size my flop-bet when playing a drawing hand out of position when I was the preflop agressor? Betting bigger seems to follow the same logic that I should re-raise bigger preflop when being out of position as well.
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    • msp3101
      msp3101
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      Joined: 19.04.2016 Posts: 178
      It depends on the effective stack sizes?
    • 1outerHITS
      1outerHITS
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      Joined: 12.07.2014 Posts: 634
      Nobody can tell you 'optimal betsizes / frequency' without some details:
      - exact preflop ranges from a and b
      - board
      - stacksize
      (- pool reads)

      Re-raising big preflop OOP is a completely different concept and only maxEV if villain raises you quite depolarized.
    • YohanN7
      YohanN7
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      Joined: 15.06.2009 Posts: 4,446
      The authoritative guide on this (bet sizing/pot size/stack sizes/position/board/etc) is No Limit Hold'em - Theory and practice by David Sklansky and Ed Miller. They don't often tell you what to do, but what you should consider in order to make mathematically sound decisions. Much recommended.