Best Pre-Flop Bet Sizing in Poker

POKER Updated on: 31 August 2018

The game of poker is all about making the correct decision, and not necessarily about how much money you win or lose. With this in mind, what are the correct decisions to make when you are considering your pre-flop bet sizing?

1. A few examples

As usual in poker, the answer is always ‘it depends’, but let us take a closer look at pre-flop bet sizing.

Here are two examples of how your bet sizing will change dependent on the flow of the game. These examples go to show how important it is to pay attention when playing.

Your table dynamics should always prompt your own way of playing. The one-size-fits-all mentality does not bode well in a game as dynamic as poker, and especially not at Betfair Poker.

Example 1:

Imagine you are playing at a table that is tight-aggressive. It is a full-ring game, and there are one or two limpers in every pot, but each time you raise they are folding to your aggression.

In these instances, should you pick up a strong hand, you should make your isolation raises a little smaller. Your aim is to get heads-up with at least one opponent and betting smaller, in this dynamic, will help achieve this feat.

Example 2:

Imagine you are playing at a loose-aggressive table. It is full-ring, and everyone is limp/calling standard raises.

If you pick up a strong hand in this instance, then you must change your standard bet sizing, and make it much larger. Once again, your aim is to get heads-up with one opponent and this is the best line to achieve that.