Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Playing Texas Holdem and other Poker topics.
Suppose it's down to just you and your opponent after the last card has been dealt. You hold a very marginal hand, and your opponent checks. Should you bet? These topics relate to all forms of poker, but I'll be discussing pot limit when playing Texas hold em (it's almost identical to no limit).
You have Q6 on a board that reads KQ432, and your opponent checks to you. Even though you think you have the best hand, betting here would almost certainly be a mistake. The reason is that you're very unlikely to get called by a worse hand, and you're probably not going to make a better hand fold. So you should just check and hope you win the pot. We'll discuss this more in the next tip.