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Raising Your Bet In A Poker Game

Aug 17, 2007
There are many types of poker games, each with its own set of rules. Learning the different rules for the different types of poker games is essential, but the basic concepts will apply to every type of game.

These include knowing when to fold, raise, check, how to spot poker tells, ETC.

Though poker is a game of chance, there are skills you can learn to improve your game. Knowing what to do in certain situations is crucial to your playing a good game. When to raise is one of these skills.

Raising means that the currently placed bet is made higher than the one preceding it, which forces all subsequent players to call the new amount. If the preceding bet amount is zero, this is considered the opening bet of the game. When a player makes the second or a subsequent raise of a betting round, it is often referred to as a re-raise. This does not include the open bet.

Except in the case of a live blind, you may not raise the current bet amount if you did not first set it. If it is your turn to act, and you are the player who first set the bet amount, the betting round is closed and no further betting may take place. This can occur when all other players have either called the current amount or folded. The remaining players will have bet an equal total amount, except for rare cases that are covered by table stakes rules.

A universal rule in casinos in the United States, and one that is often adhered to in home games as well, is that any raise must at least equal the amount of the previous one. For instance, if a player in a spread limit or no limit game bets $5.00, the next player may raise that bet by another $5.00 or more, but may not raise by only $2.00, even if doing so would otherwise conform to the betting structure of the game.

The primary purpose of the rule is to avoid a game delay caused by "nuisance" raises, which are small raises of large bets which do not affect the overall bet amount much, but that take unnecessary time.

This rule is often overridden by table stakes rules. This enables a player to raise a $5.00 bet by $2.00 if that $2.00 is his or her remaining stake.

So when do you raise your bet? You may decide to raise your bet if you know you have a good hand and feel confident it may be the best. Some players raise their bets if they know one or more of their opponents are bluffing, but it is not often advisable to make this decision by depending strictly on poker tells.

Learn the rules of the game you are playing and work to further develop your skill. Doing this will help you decide.
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