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When to Check-Raise in a Sit and Go Tournament

[ Posted August 21st, 2006 ] by admin

The check-raise is a strong move that should be used sparingly. It can be used as a bluffing device, as a semi-bluffing device, and as a defending strategy for a great hand.

The check-raise as a forceful bluff

The first way in which the check-raise can be used is as a bluffing tool. To set up the bluff the check-raise can be used during the pre-flop, the flop, the turn, at the river, or at a combination of these game events. If a player doesn’t have a strong opening hand, but they do have the advantage of a late position and most of the early position players have folded or checked to them and there are no more than three players remaining in the round, the player can use a check-raise to start their bluff. A check-raise under these circumstances will almost always force the other  poker players  in the hand to fold, unless they too are trying to bluff their opponents.

If the check-raise is called or raised at the flop, and the player feels that their opponents are also trying to bluff in this hand, they may want to again make a check-raise bet instead of backing off or folding. If their opponent(s) still don’t back down, then the player will need to decide if the amount of chips they have already added to the pot are already too much for them to wager, or if they feel that they have enough chips to see their bluff through until the showdown. If they decide to go as far as they need to defend their hand, they will want to maintain their aggressiveness to the end, when either their opponents fold out of the hand or they meet their fate at the showdown.

Check-raising when you have a hand

Another way the check-raise can be used is as a semi-bluff tool. The semi-bluff check-raise can occur at the pre-flop to intimidate their opponents into folding out of the hand, or it can be applied to the flop thereby allowing the other players to add chips to the pot during the pre-flop. The benefit of using the check-raise for a semi-bluff is that if the semi-bluff makes it to the showdown, there is still a chance that the hand will be able to win the hand on its own merits.

The final way that the check-raise can be used is to defend a killer hand. The check-raise is a very strong and aggressive bet that should be used sparingly. However, if there is a hand that is worth defending, the check-raise is a great way to intimidate weaker players, and to entice aggressive players into adding more chips to the pot. This strategy will help a player to minimize their losses and it will help them to maximize their wins. By learning all of the above semi-bluffing skills and strategies a poker player will be able to perform better in a sit and go tournament, and they will be able to improve their overall  poker  playing abilities.

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