Holdem FAQ: Raising in Holdem

1. Mention any five reasons to raise?
A. To contribute more money in the pot.
B. To drive players out.
C. To bluff (or semi-bluff).
D. To get a free card.
E. To gain information.

2. If you think you have the bettor beat is it correct to raise even if you risk driving out players behind you?
Yes.

3. Under what condition will a raise on the flop to drive players out work?
This will work only against those players who have not yet had a chance to call the initial bet.

4. Why is this raise correct even if you are not sure that you have the best hand?
If you actually hold the best hand, or if your hand becomes the best hand, your raise will prevent other rivals from drawing out on you.

5. Give example?
Suppose you raise before the flop with A4. The flop is T42. If someone on your right bets, a raise is correct especially if you think that the raise will buy you a free card.

6. When you can raise as a pure bluff?
You can raise when you are playing in very tough games.

7. Why?
This is because players are capable of folding in large pots without calling one last bet.

8. Are these plays recommended?
No.

9. Why?
They succeed sometimes and are expensive when they fail.

10. When a bluff-raise can be used in a weaker game?
It can be used when you think that your rival is bluffing but also think your hand is worse.

11. Example?
Your flush draw did not get there but the hand was played in such a manner that you are sure your rival was also on the flush draw.

12. Another example of raising as a semi-bluff?
You have A4 and the flop is J38 and everyone checks. If the turn card is 5 you should raise if someone bets.

13. Give a third example?
You can raise as a semi-bluff almost any time that you pick up a back-door flush draw after calling on the flop with high pair. (But again, make this play only against someone who is capable of folding.)

14. How probable is it that someone will fold for a raise?
The above answer is based on the answer to the following three questions:
A. How capable is this person of folding a big hand?
B. How likely is he to be semi-bluffing?
C. How are you perceived by this individual?

15. When is raising to get a free card best done?
It is best when you are in the last position and the bet is smaller that the bets on succeeding rounds of betting.

16. When should you raise in order to gain information?
You should raise occasionally, especially in heads-up situations.

17. Is this raise worth it?
This raise is not possibly worth it as you generally have to "pay" too much for the information.

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