CLIFFNOTES: Try to remember villain key specific hands and use that info in your decision making process
Originally Posted by newbiepoker
Is it better to check/call the flop and bet the turn if villain check behind with intention to fold if he bets again on the turn?
BTW we both had around $500.. the reason why $35 was raised pf was because it was a standard raising amount in this game.. i.e. everybody was raising this amount pf.
Your decision to cbet is really dependant on your villain and what he is putting you on.
If your villain is a weak tight fit/fold player, then cbetting this board is insanely profitable.
If your villain is a thinking player who is going to call your cbet to see what you are going to do on the turn, then cbetting this board and then not double barreling if you miss is not profitable.
If your villain is an unknown, the c-betting is profitable...
So I hope you get a sense for how villain dependant this situation is. I noticed in the other thread you mentioned you play 2/5nl 20% of the time and 1/2nl 80% of the time. That is a smart way to slowly transition into the game.
The problem you are going to have is that 1/2nl can be played in a paint-by-numbers sorta way where you take more of a generic approach to the game since the majority of your villains are weak-tight or passive bad.
In 2/5nl the player pool is different. Yes, there are still giant donks and fish, but those players are no longer the majority. There will be more thinking players and aggressive players at the table. So you need to start thinking more Level II and noticing your player tendencies and remembering hand histories.
What I do is I not only label my players as TAG, LAG, Donk, Rec Fish, nit, etc but I also memorize and remember 1-3 hands PER PLAYER at the table.
I'll remember that the 3 seat is a Donk that an hour ago called a 3 barrel all-in OOP with bottom pair because he put the preflop raiser on AK... Or I remember that last orbit the Rec fish called an all-in shove on turn with the bottom end of a 4 to a board straight... Or I remember that the TAG on the BTN made a phenomenal read/play with great sizing and value betting with mid pair...
These are the "reads" I use to make my plays. I focus on remember "key hands" that are indicative of how a player plays. The more basic a player's game, the less hands I have to remember. The better a player's game, the more hands I will strive to remember. Similarly, when I'm targeting a player, (i.e. i'm at 400bb and a donk is at 350bb) then I will key in on the donk and remember more hands so that I can get max value when heads up.
So basically, if you are moving up to 2/5nl, in my opinion, strive to be more than a paint-by-numbers player and try to remember specific hands that are indicative of your villain's play. Because as you can see by my example in the other post, how they played certain hands has direct bearing on what we should do.