Carlos Welch returns with another installation of his Cash Advances series where he shares cash game hands illustrating some advances in his play.

The Hand

It’s my routine $1/$2 game. The effective stacks are $300. The button straddles for $5. I raise to $20 from the little blind (SB) with and get calls from the big blind (BB), a player in middle position (MP), and the button (BTN). There is $80 in the pot.

The flop comes.

This flop is not goodbad for most of the hands in my range (I believe), and I am out of position to 3 gamers. This is not a great spot to c-bet. Nevertheless, it is a good area to inspectlook for details. Let’s see what all else does before I make a decision on ways to proceed.

I check. BB bets $25 and gets called by both the MP gamer and the BTN.

On a wet flop, the BB has actually made a bet of simply under one-third the pot into 3 challengers. This appears extremely marginal. MP and BTN simply call the little bet– that seems marginal too. Anybody with a strong hand or draw would not play this methodin this manner. I believe they all have either a marginal pair or a marginal draw which they would such aswant to keep the pot little. Time to poop on their party.

I raise to $100. BB and MP swiftly fold. BTN gives a speech and after that tank-folds after showing a. We will certainly never ever know for sure, however MP said he folded and BB claimed he folded.

The Advance

This time in 2013, I would have likely bet big on this flop in order to protect my hand. There are a few problems with that method.

First, I can not safeguard my hand from a strong make use of this board. Even if I lead with a pot-sized bet, anybody with a strong combo draw is at least going to call. They may even shove, in which case, I ‘d either be somewhat ahead or way behind.

Second, if I bet huge to safeguard all my marginal hands, then my betting range will be too weak because there aren’t that lots of strong hands I can include to safeguard that range. Great players will read me like a book. When I bet huge, my wide range will certainly be weighted in the direction of overpairs. When I examine, I will usually have nothing.

Checking is plainly the bestthe very best choice since it prevents all of these wide range problems and it has actually the added advantage of improving my relative position. This is what I meant by inspecting for details.

As the preflop raiser, all will generally inspect to me prior to they make a decisiondecide. By declining to c-bet when I run out position on a multi-way, wet flop, I pass that concern to the bad person on my instant left and offer myself the finest possible relative position. This suggests that although I am in the worst possible absolute position (the SB), I get to see what the others do prior to I need to make a choice. As soon as I examine in this hand, BB can not examine and require me to make the very first step. He’s stuck to the hot potato.

Had BB made a huge bet, I would have simply called it or perhaps even folded to it. Had he wager and been raised by either the MP or BTN, I would have folded for sure. Had it inspected around, I might have made a postponed extension bet on some turn cards as soon as everyone had actually shown weakness. As it ends up, they all revealed weak point in their bet-sizing, permitting me to win a bigger pot with more information and less risk than a c-bet would have.

The Lesson

Securing your hand by c-betting huge on a multi-way, wet flop is often not a great concept, especially when you are out of position. Consider checking to enhance your relative position and reviewing when you have more details instead. Pay interest to bet-sizing tells and do not be terrifiedhesitate to attack weak point when you notice it.