Poker Tips: Recognizing betting patterns and using
Is there really a betting pattern which you can pick up from your opponents and is there a way you can make use of these to have some advantage against other players? Do not worry if you are not very familiar with the potentials of betting patterns as many poker players also do not see them. For sure you have noticed some betting patterns while playing but did not know what to do about them.
Knowing the betting patterns help your game a lot as you will be able to track the playing styles of other poker players and also pinpoint some weak points of your game which you can strengthen. One of the most common betting pattern, of course, is the call-bet-bet- check. So before the flop, you need to call the blinds then you will get a hand that you consider okay like a pair with a nice kicker. So upon flop you push in some chips to bet and some more on the turn. But then you did not get a two pair or a three of a kind , so just checked the river.
Looking at the pattern, you might find a leak in your style of poker playing. If you have the best cards heading to the river, most likely the river will not be doing anything to help the cards of your opponents especially when you hear them just passively call during the flop (which reveals two suited cards) and the turn. Their move gives a hint that they most likely are hoping to form a flush. If another suited card comes up on river then it is reasonable to check if your opponents will be acting after you. If you will be the last to act, then by all means bet.
Another pattern that is easy to see is the Call- check call, check raise, bet. If you see this pattern, then most likely you are watching a poker player who has a good hand. Most likely he got a set on the flop, maybe two pair, or got an another ace for his AK. So upon the flop, he will call, then on the turn check-raises to lure into the pot some opponents. He will control the round by putting in some bet during the river. So when you recognize this pattern, you have to acknowledge that this opponent might have cards that are better than what you are holding. But of course, there will be people who will bluff. So be watchful.
Another betting pattern is the bet-bet-check and then check-bet-call/raise once it gets to the river. This gives you a very disciplined opponent who gets a free card when he needs to see one.