Knowing when to bet is one thing, but just as important is knowing how much to bet.
Correctly sizing your bets allows you to control the pot and gain maximum value on your wins.
KEEP YOUR BET SIZES CONSISTENT
You will want to keep most of your bet sizes relatively consistent, so you can keep your hand strength disguised.
This means that you will raise the same amount pre flop whether you have a strong hand or a weaker hand.
You will also keep your post flop bet sizing consistent as well.
“Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the success of the wise.”
BET SIZING GUIDE
Stick to raising anywhere from 2x-3x the big blind.
If the big blind is 200, then you want to be raising anywhere from 400 to 600.
I tend to raise 2.5x the big blind. So in this example I would raise to 500.
Re-raising an opponent’s bet before the flop:
When re-raising a player’s raise before the flop, stick to around 2.5x their bet.
If they raise to 500, then you want to re raise to 1,250.
If you have 20 big blinds or less, in which case you should be shoving all in over top a raise.
After the flop:
After the flop, you should keep your bets somewhere in the range of half pot.
For example, if the the pot is 2,000 and you wish to bet, you’re target bet size should be roughly 1,000 chips.
It can be a little more or less, but in general this is very standard bet sizing any time after the flop.
Re-raising an opponent’s bet after the flop:
If your opponent bets and you choose to raise, you want to raise to 2.5x his bet.
For example, if you opponent bets 200, then you would raise to about 500.