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The BRA Call

Bet (B), raise (R), all in (A)

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Dec 24, 2010


OK, before the bluenoses jump all over me, let me state for the record that the phrase in this column’s title has nothing to do with articles of clothing of questionable couth. Rather, as described below by Card Player reader Stuart Yager, it details a certain knee-jerk betting pattern we can fall into, to the bleak detriment of our bankroll. Stuart sent me an account of the phenomenon, and generously agreed to let me share it with you. You’ll find his text here — along with some comments in italics from me, just so that my Card Player editor-überlords don’t think I’m stealing my paycheck … well, any more than usual. Dear JV, Last weekend, I went down in flames in four live-game sessions by making BRA calls, and losing every one of them! A BRA call is when your opponent bets, you raise, he pushes all in, and you ...

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