The Art of Bet Sizing

By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney


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Video info.


  • Type: Concept
  • Stakes: -
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:45:18
  • Added: 12 May 2011


The Art of Bet Sizing is a complete guide to bet sizing in no limit Texas Hold'em. This concept video covers both preflop and postflop bet sizing, along with a big look at the fundamental reasons for betting in poker. The aim is to help you sculpt bet sizes that are more +EV and will increase your winrate over the long run.

The preflop bet sizing section looks at; open-raise sizing from various positions, optimal 3bet sizes, and the basics of good 4bet sizing. This preflop betting strategy guide also covers topics like inelastic ranges and SPR.

The postflop bet sizing section includes advice on optimal bet sizing for the flop, turn and river. In this part SplitSuit talks about specific topics like; cbetting, reasons for betting (again), and balance.

The final part of the training video covers two extra bet sizing concepts of betting for the future and small bet sizes.

About SplitSuit.

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney is author of Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics. He also coaches at his personal website He uses the alias *Split* at the 2+2 forums, which is where you can find his famous contributions to the COTW thread.

Table of contents.

  1. (0:00) Intro.
    1. (0:25) Video outline.
  2. (1:22) Basics of bet sizing.
    1. (1:22) Reasons why we bet.
    2. (2:15) Bet size theory.
    3. (3:55) Pot geometry.
      1. (5:16) Example.
    4. (7:38) Improvements (bet sizing and its effects on winrate).
  3. (10:03) Preflop bet sizing.
    1. (10:08) Open raise sizes.
      1. (12:46) Min-raising discussion.
    2. (13:39) 3bet sizing.
      1. (14:35) 3bet sizing break even chart.
    3. (18:41) 4betting.
    4. (24:47) Example - adjusting to stack sizes.
  4. (26:22) Postflop bet sizing.
    1. (26:22) Reasons for betting postflop and balance.
    2. (28:59) Cbetting.
      1. (30:22) Cbet bluffs.
    3. (34:49) Turn and river bet sizing.
  5. (37:18) Other bet sizing concepts.
    1. (37:18) Betting for the future (planning).
    2. (41:07) Small bet sizing.
  6. (44:32) Video recap

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