I've always been bothered when cash players say they need to bet "to protect" their hand against draws. In fact, I was bothered enough that I actually wrote a blog post about it a month or so ago. Since then, I've gotten all manner of emails telling me either I'm a genius or I'm a moron. I'd love to get you guys' and gals' opinion on the subject. Is there such as thing in a cash game as betting to protect? I argue not; we should be betting either because we think we can get a better hand to fold (bluff) or a worse hand to call (value). Where does "protecting" our hand actually come in?
For those interested, the original post can be found here: http://pokerbug.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-controversial-opinion-on-cash-game.html