re: Poker & When is flat calling better than raising?
Originally Posted by baudib1
You should flat when you have decent equity vs. someone's opening range but are crushed by their 4-bet/stackoff range.
Its never that simple.
Flat pre to:
1) Disguise the strength of your hand (either to squeeze trap, or trap postflop).
2) Exploit an opponent with postflop leaks.
3) Get to a flop with a hand that flops well, but can't stand a four bet. (as Baudib suggests)
4) For implied odds (like WV said).
5) To get bad players behind you to enter the pot as well.
6) Defend your button against players that don't fold to 3-bets.
There's plenty of times when its right to just call pre. But there are way more times when its wrong. So to simplify things, we just tell new players to have a skinny vpip-pfr split.