Check Raising is a Deadly Weapon.

t1riel

t1riel

Legend
I read an article today by DANIEL NEGREANU about how check raising can be used as a deadly weapon. It creates deception. "The key thing about the check-raise is that it helps neutralize a positional disadvantage. While you should understand that it's better to act last, the check-raise is a weapon that can help an out-of-position player defend himself."

To paraphase, here's some ways how check raising can help you:

• It negates the positional advantage or disadvantage.

• You can trap aggressive opponents for more chips.

• It adds deception. It mixes up your game and it becomes less predictable.

• It makes your opponents think twice and once your opponents know that you're capable of raising after you've checked, it will fool them into checking the best hand behind you, and could earn you a valuable free card.

• It knocks out players of the pot becuase a check-raise can help you force an opponent to fold a hand that he'd likely call for one bet not two bets.

• It's another bluffing option because the check-raise is usually a powerful ploy played with a powerful hand. But, you can also can use it as a sophisticated bluff against thinking opponents.
 
twizzybop

twizzybop

Legend
Great strategy but can also hurt you.. by checking in hopes of your opponent(s) betting. You could indeed be giving a free look at the next card, making an opponents hand the monster now instead of yours.
 
IrishDave

IrishDave

A Member
I use this but very sparingly. Useful to get a tight player off some chips and it usually freaks out the ultra-aggressive person - especially if you've created a tight table image. But as Twizzy says, sometimes you give folks a free card so I use the mininum bet more often...
 
twizzybop

twizzybop

Legend
I do what you do dave as well.. minimum bet.. someone raises.. then I re-raise. The minimum bet can also hurt you if everyone just calls. You gain no information on a minimum bet either when everyone just calls.
 
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