Betting for protection in Texas Hold’em

Betting for protection in Texas Hold’em

Sometimes the best offense in poker is a good defense

It appears that numerous players are excessively concerned with protecting their hands and even more when they are just starting their NLHE career. Sometimes, as the old saying goes, the best offense is a good defense, and betting for protection in Texas Hold’em can be very strategic.

An amateur player’s lack of confidence is regularly played against them, as they get very obsessed over the possibility of a flush draw whenever they have a top pair game in possession and this, of course, has led them to fail, they become so single-minded about charging the draw and getting value from second-best hands is lost.

After making a self-analysis of the game, and realizing that this mistake has been affecting them, the players proactively learn the lesson and start working on it by overcorrecting and adopting a new mindset consisting in, “Just go for it if you can get a worse hand or a fold from a better one,” To put it another way, players are learning to bet only as either a value bet or a bluff, removing the protection concept from their heads that normally cost them so many buy-ins when misapplied. Betting for protection isn’t always inappropriate in NLHE, even when there won’t be any call from worse hands or folds from better ones. It’s important to say that betting for protection sometimes makes sense, even when most of your bets are supposed to be clearly classifiable as either bluffs or value bets. The only point here is to get a clear idea of what you are protecting it from and why. It’s a matter of how good you can read the game and protecting yourself from the bad turns.

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