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Calling With a Purpose

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Nov 28, 2012

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How do you decide whether to call a raise preflop? Do you just go with what feels right in the moment? There’s a lot more to it than that. Do you make a plan for how you’ll proceed after the flop? You should. And you could easily have different plans with the same hand depending on your position, your opponent, your stack size and other factors. In this article, I’ll introduce a simple method to get you started thinking about why and how to call a raise. Is The Raiser Strong or Weak? There is a world of difference between raising and calling a raise. When you raise, you often count on having some chance of stealing the blinds. You don’t know with certainty who, if anyone, will end up seeing the flop against you. You can and should make some educated guesses, but you don’t yet have anywhere near ...


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