What is a Hero Call in Poker?

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ou have probably heard the words “hero call” multiple times while playing or watching poker. But what is a hero call?
A hero call is a risky call oftentimes with a marginal hand. Because such calls are difficult and particularly brave—or heroic—the moniker “hero call” was born.
Hero calls in Hold’Em and Omaha are made on the river. They occur when one player makes a large bet or raise representing the nuts and the “hero” calls the bet or raise, thus winning the pot. While some players tend to raise with the nuts, others bluff. Thus, the hero call is the result of the “hero” realizing that an opponent is, in fact, bluffing.
The call is a difficult one because the “hero” may not have that great a hand; however, if done correctly, this act of bravery results in a large potential reward. Just think of how Perseus’ slaying of Medusa and rescuing Andromeda from Cetus won him Andromeda’s hand in marriage as an example of a heroic act—in this case, two—resulting in an epic reward.
 
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ou have probably heard the words “hero call” multiple times while playing or watching poker. But what is a hero call?
A hero call is a risky call oftentimes with a marginal hand. Because such calls are difficult and particularly brave—or heroic—the moniker “hero call” was born.
Hero calls in Hold’Em and Omaha are made on the river. They occur when one player makes a large bet or raise representing the nuts and the “hero” calls the bet or raise, thus winning the pot. While some players tend to raise with the nuts, others bluff. Thus, the hero call is the result of the “hero” realizing that an opponent is, in fact, bluffing.
The call is a difficult one because the “hero” may not have that great a hand; however, if done correctly, this act of bravery results in a large potential reward. Just think of how Perseus’ slaying of Medusa and rescuing Andromeda from Cetus won him Andromeda’s hand in marriage as an example of a heroic act—in this case, two—resulting in an epic reward.


You are right. The hero call can work to your benefit, say you have a good stack, almost sure to get ITM. Say, you are close to the bubble.
Bubble's best friend is the players who shove, for the hero call, all in. If you're lucky, one or both of them knock themselves off the ladder, and you are ITM.
It's nice to have a decent stack, float, while observing your opponents going at all out.
 
playinggameswithu

playinggameswithu

Legend
Marriage is for suckers Perseus was lucky to be a sucker. Given the risk taken in that fable he lost. Same with "statistically stupid calls" hero calls are stupid unless you have an exact read even then they are stupid just my opinion.
 
gravac

gravac

Rock Star
Marriage is for suckers Perseus was lucky to be a sucker. Given the risk taken in that fable he lost. Same with "statistically stupid calls" hero calls are stupid unless you have an exact read even then they are stupid just my opinion.
I got you on this one. Same opinion. If im sure in my hand im going all in no debut and stay always to that, if im not SURE for the outcome im not playing even if the debut is 30%. Better believe in yourself and what you're doing, calling/all in on raise instead of checking/betting - calling, losing your 35-50% stack just to see the card and have your man's tennis balls out right before the start line of prize list
 
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