Being a poker player is as easy as it looks. This great online poker room is suitable for beginning, intermediate and advanced poker players. The most exciting thing every player wants to do is participate in an online tournament. But playing in a tournament has its risks – if you don’t play according to the rules, you might be eliminated. If you want to be a good player, you should not only call, but raise and fold more often. There are a few reasons, and because of these reasons you should increase the number of your raises.
If you have a strong hand you will surely want to make the other players put more money into the pot. So if you have ended a straight or a flush draw on the flop, you have very good odds to win the hand. In such cases you should be very careful when you raise – you don’t want to scare your opponents and make them fold, do you? When you are sure you hold the best hand, it is better to slow your play and raise in more appropriate moment.
To eliminate his opponents is the most wanted thing of every poker player. One of the ways to do it is raise the pot with big amount of chips. When you have AA or KK in you hole cards and someone raises before the flop, you don’t need to be afraid of all. When the flop come, you will still have the best pair, so in this case you can re-raise. If the flop don’t improve your hand, don’t lose hope – you still have a chance to better your hand, because there are two more cards to be dealt. If you have a bad hand after the flop and you don’t see a way to improve it, just fold and wait for a better moment. Playing different variants of poker will help you to become more skillful player.
When you flop with a strong hand as straight or straight flush and you are in a late position, now is the best moment to raise. If you raise with such hand from an early position you won’t succeed, because the other players will check, supposing you hold a better hand. That’s why you must choose the right moment and raise with the right hand. Mastering this skill will surely improve your play and day after day you will become an expert poker player.
When you play poker, notice that you play the same hand in different ways, depending on your position at the table and the number of your opponents. Remember that some hands are playable against a lot of opponents, but against fewer you will need to fold the same hands. In case you have A-10 of one suit and the flop comes with A-Q-5 of different suit and someone in front of you bets, when your turn comes you have to raise especially when there are a few players after you. In this way you will avoid someone with Queens to stay in the hand for cheap.
Raising is the best tool if you want to gain some information about your opponents’ cards. It works best on the flop and before the flop, because in the pre-flop you don’t have any information about your opponents’ cards. So you should raise and if someone re-raises, you will realize what his hand is. But if he just call, he probably has a weak hand or plays tight. Also you can use raising as a bluff. But bluffing is more frequently used in the low limit games. To bluff via raising means to raise a hand that is not the bast for the moment, but could be improved with extra cards. You should bluff when there are only few players in the pot.
Next time when you start playing poker, try to raise more frequently and see how your game goes. Be sure that it will be improved and you will have more chances for winning. Use all the advantages of raising and you may be the next great winner.
I’m Jason Rockwell. When I’m not winning playing online poker, I enjoy writing about my love of the game. Thanks for visiting!