Check-Raising-FAQ

1. In limit hold'em what is the best reason to check-raise?
The best reason is to exclude rivals from competing for the pot.

2. When is it correct to check-raise in texas holdem?
It is correct when:
A. You think you have the best hand (though not a slow-playing hand).

B. You are sure that someone will bet behind you.

3. Is it correct to check-raise with a drawing hand?
It is correct when you think a player to your left will bet and there will be two or more callers.

4. Is this how a four-flush or an open-end straight draw usually should be played?
No. You should bet usually if this may enable you to steal the pot.

5. What will happen if bet more hands on the flop?
Some of your rival will fear to bet. That is, they may be inclined to give a free card and this free card may win the pot for you.

6. But what if this free card is a blank?
You may now be able to steal the pot.

7. What else can happen if you check many hands on the flop?
The free card that gives you may sometimes cost of the pot.

8. Can you check-raise a semi-bluff?
Yes.

9. Give an example?
You have T9 and the flop is 842. You bet and are raised and you (correctly) call. The turn card is J. You should check-raise in this case.

10. Give another example?
You have QJ and the flop is Q84. If any spade hits either on fourth street or on fifth street, you should then check-raise.

11. What is another reason to check-raise?
In today's game structure, the bet on the flop is often not large, when compared to the size of the pot, to make it incorrect for drawing hands (and this includes hands like middle pair) to call. This means that you should check-raise a reasonable amount so as to reduce the odds for rivals to draw out on you when the pot is large.

12. What is the correct holdem guideline to follow?
You can consider check-raising if it is unlikely that an over card can hurt you.

13. Can you be precise?
If you flop top pair and your top pair is aces, kings or queens (and you have an over card kicker with your queen) then your correct play would be to check-raise.

14. What if it is a large multi-way pot, you have top pair but you fear of an over card?
It can be correct to check-raise, especially if you are in an early position.

15. Why?
This is because the pot is so large that if you bet you can expect many callers. Accordingly, to try to thin out the field, it may be necessary to risk the scary free card.

16. Give an example?
You are in an early position with QJ in a large multi-way pot. The flop is J72. You should check-raise here.

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