At several times during your games of poker, you will be faced with the ultimate question: Rise or call? Here, I’ll help you figure out how to make the right decision – Rise or call – during your game so that you can win the game, as often as you can.
Play to Win
If you find that you cannot raise your bet, it’s best not to call either. If you have a good hand, you can go ahead and raise your wager, and if you do not just fold. There’s also a chance that other people may be discouraged from the look of their hands, so you can take advantage of that and raise anyway, making it a very easy pot for you to win. A raise is often the best choice in either of these situations so that you can make good money off your wager.
Play an Aggressive Game
When you have to bet pre-flop, it’s best to raise your wager, as it gives you better control of the game. This has the following advantages:
- The blinds can be made to shell out a good sum of money before they see a flop
- Your opponent may want to see a cheap flop with an average hand. In this case, they will be disappointed if you raise, so it is a win for you again.
- If your opponent calls you on any bet, you can just keep raising your wager to stay in the game and to make it worthwhile. Cap your wager at a certain predecided limit so that you can stay in control of your game.
Win from smaller pots
Try not to play more hands, but be more choosy about which ones you play. When you finally do decide on the hand you wish to play on, go all out with your wager. This particular strategy is called the ‘tight aggressive’ strategy. If you continue to raise, even when your opponent threatens to call, you have the upper hand as eventually they will be forced to fold. This is a good situation for you because it means that you will ultimately win the round and the jackpot.
Safeguard your wager
While raising may seem like a good idea most of the time, it’s also true that wrongly judging a bluff can cost you dearly. In case your opponent really does have a losing hand, raising would be a good idea, as they will then fold. However, if your opponent accepts and manages to beat you, you are better off calling. Always make sure you have options to safeguard your wager so that you aren’t left on the losing side.
When you raise, you are telling your opponent that you have a good hand that you are willing to wager on. This scares them into folding, even if you are not holding an ace. Confidence is key when you are making the Rise or call decision in your poker game.