You bet and the small blind folds

Players who have moved to no-limit from limit hold 'em will recognize the continuation bet as a variation of a limit move called the lead bet. In limit play you almost always (if you were the pre-flop aggressor) make a lead bet after the flop, because so often your opponent will just throw his hand away, and the cost of discovering that information is very cheap. But in no-limit the cost is not nearly so cheap; you're making a bet that, when it fails, will cost you half the pot instead of something like one-quarter to one-sixth of the pot.

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