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What is a 'Donk Bet'? Is It Ever Correct?

Dominik Nitsche

The poker term "donk bet" was actually coined relatively recently, only coming into prominence over the last decade or so.

It started out as a somewhat derogatory way of describing a bad play (strategically speaking), although over time the term has been used more generically to describe a specific type of postflop bet.

PokerNews recently caught up with 888Poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche who offered a quick explanation of donk betting and how the move fits into larger strategic concerns in no-limit hold'em.

As Nitsche explains, a "donk bet" refers to a postflop bet in which a player who is out of position is "leading into the preflop aggressor."

In other words, say a player in late position raises before the flop and another defends the big blind with a call. Then after the flop the player in the big blind leads out with a bet — called a "donk bet" because (as Nitsche explains) "usually inexperienced players would do it," not realizing the importance of position when making that leading bet.

"Typically this is thought of as a bad play, but there's a lot more to it," explains Nitsche, who goes on to distinguish between situations when leading with a so-called "donk bet" can actually be a good play and times when it clearly is not. Take a look:

What do you think?

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