What is a 5-Bet In Poker?
The 5-bet is the fifth bet that increases the size of the active bet pre-flop.
- The blinds are the first bet
- The initial open raise is the 2-bet
- The first re-raise is the 3-bet
- The bet that re-raises the 3-bet is the 4-bet
- The bet that re-raises the 4-bet is the 5-bet
If someone makes a 4-bet and you decide to raise his bet, your bet is characterized as a 5-bet.
Post-flop 5-bets are so rare that it could be said they don’t even exist, so the term 5-bet is exclusive to pre-flop situations in games where players play with deeper stacks.
A 5-bet can be an extremely efficient weapon in poker if utilized properly. It allows you to put additional money in the pot with a value hand when facing a 4-bet and to bluff opponents who are 4-betting too wide.
Even preflop 5-bets are very rare, and each time you make one, you can expect your opponents to put you on a premium hand, and you should adjust your play accordingly.
Poker 5-Bet Example:
You are playing in a $5/$10 cash game, and you have KK in the CO. UTG raises to $12, HJ folds, and you make a 3-bet to $30, BTN, SB, and BB fold. The action is back to UTG, who decides to make a 4-bet to $70. Since you are holding the second-best hand in poker, you decide to re-raise UTG’s 4-bet to $145, thus making a 5-bet.
In this specific situation, you are 5-betting because you have a premium hand and want to put as much money in the pot before the flop as possible.