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Unlike the ‘Call’, the ‘Raise’ can win the pot in two ways instead of one. When you call you must have the best hand at the river to claim the pot. However, raising gives you to opportunities to win; the other player may fold, in which case you stack the chips, and if he/she calls you, you can still win with the best hand at showdown. An opening bet is considered a ‘Raise’ for strategy purposes here. If an opening bet is raised that is called a “Re-Raise” or ‘3-bet.’
Why Raising is Crucial:
• To get more money in the pot when you have the best hand. Bet-sizing is important because in many cases you are ‘Raising’ for value. Bumping the bet is vital because you obviously want to have more chips in the middle when you have the goods.
• To drive out opponents! If you have the best hand but it is vulnerable due to a variety of possible draws on the board you may consider bumping it large to protect your hand. If you have made a hand ‘Raising’ may protect your hand by driving out opponents, enticing them to fold drawinmg hands that may improve on turn or river.
• To bluff or semi-bluff! Raising the pot may cause better hands to fold. This is a good thing. Make them believe you have ‘The Nuts.’ In the case of semi-bluff, if you are called you may still make your hand and in. Always leave yourself an out! Semi-bluffs often lead to winning or losing large pots. If your opponent has the best hand, many times you can entice a fold by making a large ‘Raise’, effectively making them believe you have the goods.
• To get a free card: If you flop a flush draw and are in position it might be worthwhile ‘Raising’ a bet fired at you because many times your opponent will check to you on the turn, respecting the strength you’ve just shown. If you miss your flush card you can simply check behind and get a FREE river card.
• To gain information: You may consider Raising to see what your opponent does, to see how they react to your raise. You are trying to determine the strength of your opponent’s holdings. Again, they may fold in this spot and you win. If they ‘Re-Raise’ you, you can safely assume a fold is correct.
• To drive out better hands when a ‘Come’ hand bets: If your opponent is betting an apparent drawing hand and another player Raises, you can ‘Re-Raise’ and players behind you yet to act will fold decent holdings. This is a form of ‘Isolation’ play and ‘Squeeze’ play.
Reasons to Call
There are several reasons for calling a bet or raise:
• To see more cards: With a drawing hand, you want to see that next card, potentially a winner for you, and you want to do it as cheaply as possible. Calculate your pot odds and if you are receiving the right price make the call.
• To limit loss in equity: Calling may be appropriate when you think you’re beat but the pot odds suggest a call is correct in the long-term.
• To avoid a re-raise: Calling denies the original bettor the opportunity of re-raising a monster holding.
• To conceal the strength of your hand: If you flop a monster or are holding pocket aces, sometimes a smooth call may be appropriate, not only to mix up your play but to extract maximum value as well. A smooth call hides your strength and may set you up to win more money on later streets. Slow playing folks!
• To manipulate pot odds: By calling (not raising), a player offers other opponents yet to act behind you more favorable pot odds to also call. They get the ‘Right Price.’ For example, if you flop a monster, or ‘The Nuts’, a smooth call may entice others to put money in then pot. Build the pot baby.
• To set up a bluff on a later streets: Sometimes for a long-time referred to as a long-ball bluff but these days it’s called ‘Floating’, calling on an earlier betting round to set up a bluff (or semi-bluff) on a later betting round.
Hand Reading & Tells
‘Hand Reading’ is a crucial skill in the game of poker; the process of making educated guesses about the possible cards an opponent may be holding based on the sequence of actions in the pot. A ‘Tell’ is a detectable change in an opponent’s behavior or demeanor giving clues about his hand. Educated guesses about an opponent’s cards can help you avoid mistakes in your own play, induce mistakes by opponent(s), or influence you to take actions he would normally not take under the circumstances.
For example; a body language ‘Tell’ might suggest your opponent has missed a draw and holds a weak hand but you also missed a draw and believe your hand is even weaker. In this case, using the tell to your advantage, you may decide bluff would be more effective than usual.
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