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raising in poker

Raising in Poker

So here’s a familiar situation in a casino or at home with friends. You’re sat at the poker table. There are five or six of you playing a game of Texas Holdem. The betting is pretty slow, just a few chips each as the action goes round. You have the potential for a reasonably good hand, maybe two pair, or three of a kind at least. Do you call, or do you raise?

Paul Phua thinks lots of beginner players are too scared of raising, when they shouldn’t be. He is sure that a lot of beginners or amateur players in general end up calling and checking more than they should, and betting or raising less than they should.

Why is this important? Well without giving too much away, Paul Phua says that at the poker table, you want to be leading the action rather than following. He says you should be the aggressor, not the person who is being too passive during Texas Holdem poker games. This doesn’t mean you should be reckless with your chips on poker night. It just means that you are dictating the passage of play, which Paul Phua says can give you the chance to force people out of the game. Raising in poker positions you as the aggressor, and you can get people after you to fold if they are scared off, particularly amateur players.

However, as with many things, you shouldn’t have a one-size-fits-approach to raising in poker, especially in Texas Holdem. You need to decide whether it’s worth doing, and if so, by how much. Paul Phua says that, often, it’s the number of chips your opponent has on the poker table that dictates how much money you yourself put in. Watch the video from the Paul Phua Poker School to find out why.

By the way, if you ever need a refresher on the basics of poker, check out Paul’s videos which explain the rules, how to bet, which are the best and worst hands in ranking order. (betting in poker, rules of poker, ranking hands) And if you have a few moments maybe at the weekend, check out the glossary of common poker terms – a guide to some of the dozens and dozens of weird and wonderful words you hear around the poker table, which for beginners new to the game make little sense.

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