When someone has Raised

You need a stronger hand to call a raise then you would need if you raised yourself. That's generally the case, but not always.

If you need with a raise, you are putting in two bets to win one and a half bets (the two blinds). That's 3-4 odds. If you call a raiser you are getting in two bets to win three and a half bets. That's 7-4 odds to call a raise. Because you are getting better odds, you can sometimes call with weak poker hands but not always. It depends on who has done the raising. Most of the time, the better odds you are getting aren't worth going up against a hand that is very strong.

If someone has entered the pot from an early position you should be sure that he has a stronger hand than average hand, especially if he has entered the pot with the raise. Also, if someone else raises after the player has called from an early position at least one of those has a stronger hand, often both of them. In that situation, even though you might seem to be getting good odds, you have got to beat a very strong hand you are up against, and you should be selective with what kind of hand you are willing to call. You need to have a strong hand of your own.

If the original opener came in from the middle or late position, even with the raise, he does not have a very strong hand. Also, if the raise came after three or four players have limped in, the raiser often does not have a very strong hand. Especially where three or four players have limped in before the raise, where you are getting enough pot odds it is correct to call with a weaker poker hand than you would have raised with.

The risk of calling in an early position opener from middle position is that there are still a few players after you who might re-raise. You don't want to be caught in the middle of a raising with a weak hand. The later your position, the more hands you can play against an early position raiser.

MINIMUM CALLING HANDS WITH AN EARLY POSITION RAISER

Suited Cards
Pairs
Ax s
K x s
Q x s
Jx s
10x s
9x s
8x s
7x s
6x s
Under the gun
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Early Positions
9,9
AQ
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Middle Positions
9,9
AQ
KQ
QJ
JT
-
-
-
-
-
Button
8,8
AJ
KJ
QT
J9
T9
98
87
-
-
Small Blind
6,6
A8
KT
Q9
J9
T8
97
86
76
65
Unsuited Cards
Ax s
K x s
Q x s
Jx s
10x s
9x s
8x s
Under the gun
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Early Positions
-
- -
-
-
-
-
Middle Positions
AK
-
-
-
-
-
-
Button
AQ
KJ
QJ
JT
T9
98
87
Small Blind
AJ
KT
QT
J9
T9
98
87

A x s: means an Ace and another lower card of the same suit.
K x s: means a King and another lower card of the same suit.
A x: means an Ace and another card of a different suit from the Ace.
K x: means a King and another lower card of a different suit from the King.

MINIMUM CALLING HANDS WITH A LATE POSITION RAISER AND THREE OR FOUR LIMPERS

Suited Cards
Pairs
Ax s
K x s
Q x s
Jx s
10x s
9x s
8x s
7x s
6x s
Under the gun
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Early Positions
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Middle Positions
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Button
6,6
A2
K4
Q6
J7
T6
97
86
75
65
Small Blind
4,4
A2
K2
Q5
J6
T6
96
85
74
64

Unsuited Cards
Ax s
K x s
Q x s
Jx s
10x s
9x s
8x s
7x s
Under the gun
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Early Positions
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Middle Positions
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Button
A9
KT
QT
J9
T9
98
87
76
Small Blind
A9
K9
QT
J9
T9
98
87
76

A x s: means an Ace and another lower card of the same suit.
K x s: means a King and another lower card of the same suit.
A x: means an Ace and another card of a different suit from the Ace.
K x: means a King and another lower card of a different suit from the King.

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