The increasingly popular continuation bet, also known as a C-bet, is a wager after the flop (no matter the cards dealt) from the pre-flop raiser. It’s most effective when done in position and usually clears the field when your opponents do not connect. It’s a good strategy because if you check, everyone gets a free card.
When isn’t it a good idea? When you have three or more still in the pot there’s a likelihood someone has connected and is waiting to raise your continuation bet. Plus, if you always make continuation bets, your opponents will quickly figure out how you play and check-raise. So, be smart and mix up your game.