Pot control is demonstrated by checking or calling, instead of betting, in attempts to keep the pot small with a less than premium hand.
This is usually done when flopping mid-value type hands, such as a middle pair, or top pair with a weak kicker. When used correctly, pot control can be a powerful weapon in your arsenal.
GET TO SHOWDOWN FOR CHEAP
Most of the time when you have a marginal holding, you don’t want to play a huge pot. So you can check back for pot control and call a future bet.
The idea here is to see a free turn or river card, as well as get to showdown for a cheap price with a questionable hand.
“With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything. “
DISGUISING YOUR HAND
By checking, you are representing weakness. This showing of weakness can disguise your hand and make it look like you have nothing when in fact you have a decent holding that you are likely not folding to one bet.
INDUCE BLUFFS FROM YOUR OPPONENT
Because you are showing weakness, you will invite players to bluff at you more.
These bluffs add more value to your hand by keeping bluffs in your opponents range.
This is an excellent play against aggressive players, as they are often looking for reasons to bluff.