Raising Based On Your Poker Position

When playing a game of Texas Hold'em, one would notice their are a lot of properties included in the game. From the player location, to the betting arrangements, there are a lot of things that go good, as well as wrong, when you are playing the poker variant. Is may seem complicated at first, as their are many different things you need to attend to in the game, but once you understand it, it can make for some very fun games. One of the most important parts of Hold'em is the betting, as you will need to choose if you call the bet, or raise, depending if you choose to stay in the game. When to raise the bet is sometimes hard for some players to decide, as raising too early could result in a cheap fold by the rest of the table, too late of a raise could cost you the pot. When understanding when the appropriate time to raise is, you will need to understand what a raise is, as well as how you initiate it.

What Is A “Raise?”

A raise’s definition sounds exactly likes it’s word, it is a raise on the previous bet. Raises are initiated for a number of ways, all dependent on the player’s dealt hand. Raises are often linked to bluffing, as a player with a mediocre hand might look to raise the chips in order to force a fold from the other players. Generally, raises following the first raise are called re-raise, and players who raise after previously checking on the same round are deemed to be check-raising.

How Do You Raise?

Depending on your position in the table, you will given the option to raise either early in the round, or late in the round. This position will ultimately decide on if you are going to raise or not, as if you are the last player in the arrangement, you may not want to raise if the pot is already stacked. You may instead call the bet, where you match it, but not by raising it. To initiate a raise, simply add more chips to the existing bet, so if the chip amount is 100$, raising it to 110$ is a succesful raise.

Why Should You Raise?

If you do it with the correct timing, a well placed raise could win you the round/hand. Raises should be minimal at first, and then once you feel comfortable with both your hand and your opponent’s hand, you can work you way up to higher raises. You should start slow, because raising bets with a substantial amount is an alert to the other players that you probably have a really strong hand. Either they will fold quickly, or if somebody has a better hand, the bet could lose you the whole pot. Raises a good way to show dominance in the poker game, as those who continuously raise are shown as aggressive and confident.

When Is The Right Time?

The right time to raise will ultimately depend upon the strength of your hand, as well as your chip amount, but there are some factors that can be considered to point you in the right direction. Here are three factors that you should keep in mind before you initiate the raise.

1.       Position in the game- Seasoned poker players are very attentive and aware of dramatic shifts in the game, and your position in the game will ultimately decide if the raise will work or not. Keep in mind your position in the game, before you go guns out with your raise. If you have been a passive player the whole game, shooting for a dramatic raise will usually tell the other players you have a good hand, or that you are bluffing. Try to work your way up to raises, by keeping a good pace throughout the match.

2.       Your Hand- Your hand strength will factor into whether you raise, how much you raise, and at what point you will raise the bet. If you have a mediocre hand, chances are you will call bets instead of raising them, unless you are bluffing. If you have a good hand, it is in your best interest to raise the bets, but keep in mind how much you raise, as your opponents could have a better hand than you.

3.       Your Chip Amount- Though this may not impact you till later in the game, the size of your chip amount is extremely important when deciding on if you should raise or not. If you have little chips left, it may be best suited for you if you check or call bets, unless you are confident in your hand’s strength. If you have more chips, you should be able to bet more confidently, but that doesn't mean you should be frugal with the bets. Keep an eye on your chips, and make sure you are leaving enough over if the bet doesn't pan out the way its supposed to.

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