This is a discussion on How Do I know I can "Check"? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hello,
So far, I have played only online, and of course the computer tell me when I can check. But In a real game, I don't
I would like to ask one more quick question: In the pre-flop there are always 2 rounds of bets if someone raises? or if some simply call, there must be 2 rounds? Does this also applies post-flop?
Suppose the first three people check, then somebody bets. Everybody then has to make a decision whether to bet the same, bet more or fold. So those three people who checked will have to decide whether to stay in the hand by matching what has been bet, raise or fold. That's why it appears to be a second round.
Similarly if they bet the minimum bet (limp), and someone raises, they will be given the option to match the increased bet, re-raise or fold. If they re-raise then it will go around again, giving everyone that is left in yet another decision to make.
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I tend to not play alot of online poker, but when there are no bets in a single round of betting and the action comes to you, you can "Check" usualy a good tip is if the guy sitting to your immidiate right says, "Check" that means you can "Check"