As per the Fundamental Theorem of Poker, you profit when your rival play a hand differently from the way they would if they knew what you had. Any time you raise for whatever particular reason, you are doing so to prevent making a mistake yourself, according to the Fundamental Theorem, and force your rival to make mistakes. There are various reasons for raising. Many have been explained in several contexts in earlier chapters. In this chapter, we will summarize all these reasons and discuss most of them in more detail. We will also discuss how raising is an extension of the Fundamental Theorem of Poker.

We decrease the main reasons for raising to seven:

• Get more money in the pot when you have the best hand.

• Drive out rival when you have the best hand.

• To bluff or semi-bluff.

• To get a free card

• To gain information.

• Drive out worse hands when your own hand may be second best.

• Drive out better hands when a come hand bets.

Now, let's look at each of these reasons individually.

Raising to Get More Money in the Pot

To get more money in the pot is the poker basics reason to raise when you have the best hand. Precisely, you would raise a single rival on the end of what you think is the best hand, but on former rounds you must think whether its worth giving your hand away to get another bet or two in the pot. (Look Chapter Eight, "The Value of Deception", and Chapter Fifteen, "Slowplaying".) Significantly, the decision to raise on an early round rely upon the size of the pot and how big a favorite you think your hand is.

Paradoxically, the better your hand, the more reason you can have for not raising on an early round. If you think your rival will call another player's bet but fold if you raise, and if at the same time you figure they are not getting enough pot odds to call a bet if they knew what you had, then you should not raise. Just give them the chance to make a mistake of calling. on the other hand, if they get correct pot odds to call a single bet, which is frequent in many case, you should raise even if they are getting enough pot odds to call the bet and the raise. In this case, you are forcing them to fold but when they do call, you are getting more money in a pot you desire to win all the time. Again, in all ways raise if you expect a rival should not call a single bet to call a raise. You might get much money from worse chaser as possibly as you can. Like-wise, when you get heads-up with one rival in a limit game, it is usually correct to raise if you have the best hand to make your rival fold hands with which he may outdraw you.

Since, the pot grows bigger and bigger, it becomes less important to conceal your big hands and more important to get even more money in the pot. Frequently, with a large pot, you are forcing for rival to fold when you raise, for they are getting enough pot odds to call. However, whether you hope they fold or hope they call, the size of the pot seems to keep around seeing another card. Thus, it is normally correct to raise with what you think is the best hand and get more money into a large pot even if it tends to give your hand away.

Getting More Money In the Pot Without Raising

At times - even with no more cards to come - you may get more money or at least much money into multi-way pot by calling rather than raising and simultaneously prevent the risk of a re-raise from the original bettor. You go for the overcall. That means you call rather than raising in order to obtain money from one or more of the players in the pot behind you.

For instance, after all the cards are out, the bettor to your right seems to have a hand you can beat. If you raise, that player will possibly call but if he re-raises, you would be in danger. Subsequently, there are two players to your left, which you know you have beat. You know if you call they will also call but if you raise they will fold. In such cases, it becomes completely incorrect to raise. You should only call. By calling, you win two extra bets from the players behind you, but by raising you win only one extra bet when the original bettor calls your raise, which he may not do. Your raise can cost you two bets if the original bettor re-raises and you fold, or three bets if he raises and you call with the second best hand. It can also cost you two bets if the original bettor calls your raise and turns out to have the best hand.

The case at the end is not so extreme as the one just mentioned to make a call correct. Take a look at the following hands:

Seven-Card Stud



Player Behind You

If you raise with A, Q high-heart flush, the player behind you will possibly fold, and the original bettor may give away a small straight and may not pay you. Thus, you gain nothing by raising; at most you can win one extra bet. What if the original bettor re-raises, which he will do if he has, for instance an A, K high flush, since he knows you are not having the king of hearts? (Its with the third player's hand.) If raises, you lose two or three bets. If calls, you lose just one. Furthermore, just by calling, you win only one bet from the player behind you when he too calls. Therefore, you gain equally as you would have gained by raising but risk nothing.

Generally, you should not raise but attempt for the overcall after all cards are out and your hand is precisely correct than any hand which may overcall behind you but not better than the bettor's.

Though, you must realize that to go for an overcall, you should be sure that you have the poker player or players to your left beat. If there is little chance that one of them has a better hand than yours but is not calling your raise, it is significant that you do raise when you have a suitable chance of having the original bettor beaten. You absolutely do not want an overcall if it will cost you the pot.

  • Heads up and Bluffing on the End
  • Last Play Position
  • First Play Position in Practice
  • Reading Hands
  • Use of Mathematics in Reading Hands and Multiway Pots
  • Psychology of Poker
  • Calling, Bet Depends on Rivals Psychology
  • Analysis at Table
  • Analysis of Poker in Practice
  • Analyzing the Value of a mistake
  • Evaluating the Game
  • Betting Rules
  • Evaluating the Players
  • Rules of Play
  • Glossary of Poker Terms
  • Poker Position
  • Game Theory and Bluffing
  • Optimal Bluffing Strategy
  • Persuading and Preventing Bluffs