The Art of All-In – Perfecting Your Poker Strategy (Part 2)

Betting all in

For obvious reasons, betting all in represents a rather big risk. You are effectively betting your entire money into the game at the same time and therefore bearing the risk of being driven out of the game at the end with empty handed.

As such, there are four basic cases in which betting all in represents a savvy and advisable decision:

If you genuinely believe you own the best hand on the table and that other players will call

If you own a decent hand and don’t have many chips left

If you were thinking of betting over 50% of your stack anyway

If you believe an opponent is dangerously about to having an outstanding hand and want to draw them out of the game ASAP

The one thing each of these cases has in common is the ability to correctly anticipate the actions and thoughts of your opponents. Do so and betting all in will be an extremely wise decision at the right time.

When not to bet all in

At the other case, there are certain cases when players are highly advised not to bet all of your eggs in the same basket. In fact, if what’s happening at the time is not similar to any of the four cases mentioned above. After all, you are fully understand the fact that you are technically rely on luck, taking into consideration the hand you are having probably isn’t the best on the table.

In addition, you may want to consider if the available pot is worth for you the risk. Furthermore, it is perfectly possible to achieve whatever it is you want without having to risk literally everything on the line. And of course, the single most important thing to consider is whether or not the thoughts, actions and the behaviour of your opponents recommends that betting all in would work out in your favour rather than theirs.

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