The check raise in poker

If you are a poker player, you already know that there are situations in which you can make the most profits from certain techniques. In this article we describe a technique that every poker player should know and should be able to use: the check-raise.

A check-raise is a very important technique that is used in both low-limit games and high stakes tables. A check-raise is in principle very easy: you check and if the opponent makes a bet, you increase this.

Why is the check-raise so important?

Especially in low limit games you can often see that the pot gets very big before the flop. This is because many players simply want to look at the flop and pay a mediocre bet. There are two situations where you can get more money from your opponents by checking-raise:

If you have the best hand. If you’ve gotten a super hand on the flop and chances are very slim that it will be beaten, you’re of course happy if many opponents call your bets and increase the pot. This is the most common case where a check-raise is worth the price of gold.

If you have a good hand. So a hand that is good now, but the chances are great that in the end it will still be beaten by another hand. In such a situation, you want to get as many opponents out of hand as possible. This is a very common scenario where you can apply a check-raise.

Collecting information

By a check-raise you can first get information about the opponents. You should always use the check-raise on the flop, since the stakes are even cheaper here and you have the chance to bring the opponent out of hand immediately. This is how you can obtain important information. If the opponent still remains in the hand after a check-raise, he must have hit at least something. If the opponent fires a 3-bet on the check-raise, caution is required. It may well be that you are already beaten.

Receive a free ticket

The check-raise technique can also be used to get a free pass. Many players realize that they use the tactic of check-raise. On the flop, these players will often take the initiative and make the first bet. If you set a check-raise here, the opponents often become cautious and will check the turn in the subsequent round of play instead of risking another loss. Thus, you have saved the expensive use on the turn and can now get by re-check your free ticket. This is especially interesting if you are on a flush draw or want a road to the perfect hand.

But use the check-raise wisely. Many players remember who likes to perform check raises and will take appropriate action to prevent this. Always change your techniques so that you are not so “transparent” and do not apply the check-raise every round.

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