FAQ's

More Discussion on Calling Versus Raising

1. Suppose three players call, and you are last. What should you do?
Call liberally.

2. Should you raise with many hands?
No.

3. Why?
You are only getting 3-to-1 on your raise.

4. If a deuce brings it in, three people call the bring-in, and you are last, how often should you limp if you don’t fold?
At least two-thirds of the time.

5. What will the typical pro do?
Raise two-thirds of the time if he plays his poker hand.

6. Why is he wrong?
He cannot stop players from coming in behind him since he is already last.

7. Example?
A deuce brings it in, a five calls, a seven calls, and a nine calls. You have Q8Q and are next to the bring-in. You should just call.

8. If instead of the 8 your kicker was the J, what should you do?
You could go ahead and raise.

9. Why?
Your hand plays much better multiway.

10. What if the pot is not multiway and you not last to act?
You should generally raise with more hands than most people do.

11. If you hold 5 T5 and there is a player with a nine up behind you, why is it better to make it a full bet and have him reraise you than it would be to just call and have him make it a full bet?
This may allow callers behind him, and you now have to play multiway.

12. Are we saying that you should call with 5T5 if a nine raises?
No. You should frequently foold.

13. What are we saying?
You should make the original raise yourself if your biggest fear would be a reriase from a nine showing.

14. Suppose an ace raises, you have 55K, and you think the ace may be stealing. How should you play?
You may be better off reraising in an attempt to limit to pot to the two of you.

15. Suppose there is a queen behind you?
It is important to knock him our if he has two queens because the ace might be bluffing.

16. Now suppose in this situation your hand was 5KK. Is it important to knock someone out?
No.

17. Why?
If your oppoent has aces you still have to make at least two pair to win.

18. How does this first affect the player with the queens?
He will have to catch a third one to beat you.

19. What should influence you decision of whether to take it to two full bets?
Your position.

20. Example?
If a queen raises, a jack calls, and you are next with a pair of kings, you should reraise to get everyone out behind you. But if you were last, you are probably better off just calling.

21. If you hold a hand that does much better heads-up than multiway, what should you do?
You should try to get multiway heads-up if possible.

22. If you can’t get it heads-up what should you decide?


Whether to call or to fold.

23. What do typical players do?
They will call when the expert raises, and they will call when the expert folds.

24. What hands to you want to play heads-up?
Pairs, high cards without pairs, and high straiht draws.

25. If you have a hand that’s much better off multiway than heads-up against an overcard, what should you do in early positin?
Limp in.

26. Example?
You have 52T. There is an ace and a king behind you and a lot of low cards behind them.

27. What is another time when you want to limp up front?
You have a hand that prefers to get in as cheaply as possible because you are willing to give it up on fourth street if you don’t catch a perfect card.

28. Example?
A three-card-straight or a three-card-flush when a couple of your cards are out.