Some conventional poker players say that its unprofessional if you use the check-raise strategy during a poker game with your friends. But if you’re playing on a real online poker website and you’re betting real money, its entirely a different story!
No pun intended but the check raise is one of the strongest and arguably the most effective moves in poker. Regarded by some as a dishonest move and even banned in certain card rooms, there is no doubt that the check-raise is an important weapon in any winning player’s arsenal.
Check out this example:
You’ve been given a pocket of Jacks and your in middle position. Its your turn to take action and you raise the bet, 5x the big blind. Someone called and the blinds folded.
And then first three community cards had been opened and its Q 6 4 and its your turn to act. To gather info about your opponents hand, you need to use the check-raise strategy. Assuming that the other player has a hole card of A K and has no connection with the flop. Check on him and you’ll give out the following info:
1.You missed the flop
2.Or your under pair felt threatened now that the Queen is on the flop.
With your move, your opponent will do the thing that you want him to do. That is to continue betting. Most players with the A K card will actually do that.
Now its your turn to act and its time to execute the last phase of the check raise strategy. And with this you can gather information from your opponent that you needed. He will make a decision and then take action. Load up this info and do the right thing in accordance with the decision that he will make.
When he called the bet that you raised then its signifies that he’s card is stronger than you think or maybe he has Queen in his hole card. If he re-raise then its time for you to fold your card, because surely he has a monster set.
Well, that’s only an assumption and you must not lose hope in playing. This is just an example and a quick summary on how can you use this tactic in playing the game of poker.
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