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All-In Overbets When Acting First

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by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Jul 24, 2009


The feature that characterizes no-limit hold’em is the ability to bet all of one’s stack. Going all in is an important part of the game. In this column, I will focus on whether or not you should go all in on the flop betting round when acting first. I will discuss situations when the best play is to bet all of your money and situations when this would be incorrect. An important factor in deciding whether or not you should go all in is the size of your stack. (The amount actually in play is the smaller of yours or your opponent’s, but for the purpose of discussion, we will assume that you are the one with less money.) Generally speaking, when the pot is relatively small and you have a lot of chips, you bet only a portion of your stack. This is based on the (misleading?) idea that ...

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