re: Poker & The logic behind "never call, always raise".
Originally Posted by Ladybugger
It seems the number one advice is "never call, always raise".
Is this intended to reduce the number of hands you play?
In other words, only play hands that are so good that you can comfortably raise? Forces you to not play marginal hands.
Or it it intended to improve your fold equity? You're always going in strong, so more people are going to fold. Getting you more pots.
Or is it a combination of both?
There's no "never" in poker. Whether to call
depends on the situation, table dynamics, history vs certain players, set mining, hand strength, etc. However, this is a good advice since it's designed to, as you said, get you to play less marginal spots.
On the other hand, this advice is not intended to "improve your fold equity". A fish will most likely call your raise no matter if he hasn't seen you play in an hour.
As you get more experienced and exposed to the vast of different spots that poker has to offer, you will notice that in the long run playing less hands weakly and more hands strongly (modestly aggressively) will yield positive results (EV+) into your game.