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Poker is all about betting. Especially if you're playing no-limit hold'em. The bets chart shows you how much of your stack you or your opponents bet or raised in many different situations with all different hand types. And it's updated in real time as you play, of course. It's the third of the four "player style" charts, the other three being the plays, bluffs, and calls.

The height of each bar shows you the average percentage of your stack that you bet with each hand type, from 0% to 100%. The average percentage appears in white at the top of each bar, or in gray above the bar if the bar is too short for the number to fit inside it. If you never had one of the hand types in the range you chose, "n/a" ("not applicable") will appear instead of a percentage.


Green, Blue, and Red
Three things can happen when you bet or raise: you win the pot right there, you get called, or you get raised or re-raised. So the bets chart shows you up to three different colored segments per bet bar. The green segments of each bet bar represent the number of times you won the pot with no call. The blue segments represent the number of times you were called after making your bet. And the red segments represent the number of times you were raised or re-raised and were forced to fold.

You can see the three colors in the bar showing no pair or draw in the above example. FZHeroPlayer1 won with no calls (in green) roughly 1/3 of the time he bet with no pair or draw. Just about half the time (in blue) he was called. And roughly 1/8 of the time (in red) he folded to a re-raise.

It's important to note that the colored segments don't represent a percentage as shown on the scale to the left of the graph. They show you the ratio of uncalled bets, called bets, and folds for each hand type. The colors show you at a glance. For specific numbers, you can click each bar.

Betting or not betting draws is a key component of any player's style. The semi-bluffs bet column detects all bets the selected player made on draws and shows how much of their stack, on average, they bet.

Bet Sizing
Do you bet more with your good hands, hoping to build a big pot? Do you bet more with your weak hands, hoping to make your opponents fold? Or do you do both, depending on the situation? It's important to mix up your game to avoid being predictable, but it's also important to win with bad hands and maximize value with big hands. The bets chart shows you this.

Bets on Streets
You can chart all the selected player's bets on all streets by clicking the any street button. Or you can narrow things down to any specific street by clicking the preflop, flop, turn, or river buttons.


Win / Loss Ratios
Note that when you click the river, an additional bit of information shows up in the blue segment of each bet bar. You'll see a black win/loss indicator to show you the ratio of your wins and losses when you were called on the river. If you won every time you were called on the river, a "+" appears. If you lost every time you were called on the river, a "-" appears. Otherwise, a black line with a "+" above it and a "-" below it appears to show you the win/loss split.
Opponent Count
You can quickly find out how much the selected player bet with his different hand types at a full table, short handed, or heads-up, or against any number of players. Click the full, short, any, or heads-up buttons.

Just click one of the position buttons to see what position the selected player made his bets in. Does he always bet with nothing on the button? How much does he raise preflop from the big blind with a pair? Get a better picture of your betting style and your opponent's betting styles from different positions.

Are you betting the same amount with each of your hand types in the same positions? Are your opponents catching on to that? You can quickly check to see if you're being consistent from session to session, day to day, and week to week. Just click on an interval button and then click the previous / next buttons to skip backward and forward.


Click for Detail
Click on any of the bet bars to see how many times the selected player bet or raised and won with no call, got called, and folded to a raise or re-raise.

Instant Playback
If you are looking at a single session, you can click any bets bar to play back all the relevant hands. If you click back to the playback pane you'll see just the hands in which the selected player bet that type of hand loaded into the hands list.

Example: Sets or Trips
Let's see how much our hero bet with sets or trips on different streets, and whether he got paid off or not. First we'll click the "Any Street" button to get the whole picture:
We see that he bet nearly 60% of his stack on average when he made three of a kind, and won with no call just over half the time. Not bad. What about on the flop? We click the flop button to find out.
He bet nearly 60% of his stack on average when he made three of a kind on the flop. And he got action: the blue "calls" segment of the bar is about the same length as the green segment showing the number of times he won with no call. Note: clicking the preflop button shows "n/a" in the sets or trips bar caption because, obviously, you can't have three of a kind preflop.

So what about three of a kind on the turn? We click the turn button to see:
Here he a little less action despite his bet being a smaller portion, about 40% on average, of his remaining stack. Depending on the board texture, you either want to take it down right there to avoid your opponent from making a hand or you want to build a pot when your opponent has two pair or worse.

So now it's time to see whether or not our man got paid off on the river with his trips. We click the river button to find out.

Wow! FZHeroPlayer1 blasted all his opponents off their hands on the river 4 out of 4 times. Yes, you want to get value for your good hands, but maybe he was a little greedy with his sets or trips here. He should try making more reasonably-sized value bets to extract value instead of folding his opponents.

Another thing for him to think about: by betting 80% of his stack, he was pot-committed if raised. Worse, if he was raised and he had trips (with two of his three of a kind on the board) he could have been beaten by a full house. So by betting most of his stack, he didn't get maximum value for a relatively strong hand, and he also committed himself to going broke if someone had a better hand.

Of course, it all depends (there's that phrase again) on many factors. Was he playing against a full table? We click the short and heads-up buttons and find out that two of his big river bets with trips were short handed and two were heads-up:

Aha. So we can conclude that if he'd gotten down to heads-up play, the blinds were sky-high and there was little chance that his opponent had a better hand. Still, we might have bet a little less to get more value.

Note: when you click the river button, the win / loss ratio indicators appear on the blue segment of each of the bars. They don't appear before the river because the blue segments represent the times the player's bets were called on a street. And the river is the only street on which you can win or lose by just being called.  

You can use the bets chart to see whether you're betting too much or too little of your stack for different hand types. If you won with no call with very strong hands, you were betting too much. If you got called with weak hands when you were just trying to steal, you might have been betting too little. (Depending, of course, on your position, your image, the number of opponents, and other factors.)

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