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Calling Raises

All in or not all in

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: May 14, 2010


When you have a tough decision to make regarding whether or not to call a raise or reraise, a crucial part of that decision is whether or not you are going to be all in if you decide to play. Naturally, if you are not going to be all in, there is the option of reraising. But for the purpose of argument, I want to discuss the situation under the (incorrect) assumption that it is a call or fold decision. What I want to explain is that you need to have a much better hand to call if the wager you face does not close the betting. Let’s look at some of the reasons why this is so. If there is anything in poker that I hate, it is being right about what an opponent probably has, correctly deciding to call, but losing the pot anyway. This happens when you ...

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