Blocking Bet

A blocking bet is a smaller that normal bet used to see a cheap showdown. It’s an attempt to block an opponent from making a larger bet when checked to them.

An example of a blocking bet.

Action is folded around to you pre-flop. You limp in from the small blind with JTo, your opponent raises from the big blind pre-flop, and you call. The flop comes down A–J–2. You check, and he makes a continuation bet, which you call. The turn brings a 5, you check, and your opponent checks. Now the river brings a 8, and you are not sure if you have the best hand. If you do, you know your opponent wont call a large bet, so you decide to make a smallish blocking bet on the river to try and get some thin value from weaker pairs and get to showdown cheaply.

Related terms on

  1. Limp
  2. Scare Card
  3. Big Blind Special
  4. Continuation Bet
  5. Counterfeiting
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