Using Blocking Bets

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A blocking bet is made on the turn or the river when a player is out of position or he is not the last to act. This is an effective strategy that can be used when the player wants to see the river card or showdown.

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The benefit of using a blocking bet is that the player loses considerably less money than he would were he to check. The downside to checking is that it can show that the player is weak and can induce a bluff. So, by using a blocking bet, the player may be able to discourage opponents from bluffing.

Another benefit of using it is that it is an indication of strength. When an opponent senses that a player is strong, he will be less likely to raise – unless his hand has value.

Also, when this strategy is used effectively, it will be able to block the opponent from placing a bet that the player may not be able to call profitably. For instance, on the river, a player may bet a fourth of the pot and the opponent, with a better hand calls. In this situation, the player would have saved money when compared to one where the opponent would have had the opportunity to bet half the pot and the player would have had to call it. Here are some situations in which you should avoid using a blocking hand others where you can:

Value of the hand

Determine the value of your hand before you go in for a blocking bet. Avoid making a blocking bet when you have a great hand. In such situations, you will be more likely to benefit from placing a bet in relation to the strength of your hand. Ideally, opt for the bet when you have a hand that has the potential to keep you in the game, but is not the nuts. For instance, you can consider a blocking bet when you have a hand with an average kicker and a top pair. If you use a blocking bet at the right place, it can also earn money, when weaker hands that would otherwise check or fold to a large bet bring in calls.

A scare card in the river

When the river gets a scare card, using a blocking bet can be extremely beneficial. The scare card on your board can be a high card (ace), or a card that can complete a straight draw or a flush. For instance, you may have a hand with K-K, lead a Q high flop, a careful turn and a river with an Ace. If you check, an aggressive opponent may feel persuaded to bluff. This may be based on the inference that after you raise the pre-flop, lead the flop and bet nothing on the river, you are unhappy with the ace on the board. Instead of checking, if you make a blocking bet, you will discourage a bluff.

Use the blocking bet in select situation

An important variable in the application of a blocking bet is the situation in which it is used. When faced with a calling station, avoid using the blocking bet as it may not benefit you significantly. In such a situation, it is best to bet your hand for its strength. In fact, you may also be able to make a sizeable value bet against the calling station. Also, refrain from using the bet when faced with a passive or weak-tight player, as the possibility of either making a bluff on the river is low.

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