Barrelling is a very effective way of accumulating chips without going to showdown. It is often the case that players will call a flop continuation bet with an optimistic draw or a second or third pair type hand with the hope that the aggressor will shut down and look for a showdown on the turn and river. But if faced with a second or third bet they will often give up and fold earning you a ton of dead money.
GOOD BARRELLING SITUATIONS
The best type of players to barrel against are usually the loose pre-
We raise AK pre-
While we do beat some of those hands anyway, the small pairs and the 4-
Another good barrelling situation is if the turn card gives us a straight or flush
draw. This likely increases our equity in the pot with the added outs when we are
behind to our opponents hand. If we change our hand to J-
BAD BARRELLING SITUATIONS
For this example we will slightly change the situation. We are still holding A-
Another bad turn card to barrel would be a card that pairs the board. It’s likely our opponent will be calling a flop bet with any flopped pair so a turn card that pairs a flop card could put us up against three of a kind which we have no chance of getting a fold out of.
You can deal with the river in a very similar way to the turn. Over cards on the river are good cards to barrel as what was second pair on the flop could end up as 4th pair by the river, which maked a river call very hard to make. Also river cards that complete draws are good to barrel, especially if you have bet the turn as calling a big river bet with completed draws on board is risky and many players would rather fold and wait for a better spot.