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Raise and Re-raise in Poker

Raise in poker means increasing the minimum bet set in the current game. Re-raise is an increase of the previous raise, that is, if you raise, and your opponent raises in response.

What is raise used for?

Raise is used to attack, to show (to protect) strength of the hand, increase the size of the pot, or force an opponent to fold his cards (bluff). The same rules are applied for a re-raise. If to follow the advice of the professional players, it is best to use only raise (re-raise) or fold and occasionally call (equal bet).

Size of the raise

Raise size can vary, but the minimum raise is a double bet (bet 2x), and the maximum raise can be anything up to the “all in”. In no-limit poker, for example, “NL Texas Holdem”, the average size of the raise is usually equal to 2/3 of the pot, ranging from one-half of the pot to the value of the pot (number of the chips at the stake). Therefore, in poker rooms to calculate raises shortcuts are used – ½ of the pot, ⅔ of the pot, ¾ of the pot or pot (the whole pot).

In limited poker, all the bets are limited, so the size of the raise and re-raise is limited to the bet and, accordingly, raise is equal to the bet size. For example, the bet is $ 1, if the first player bets $ 1 (bets), the second player can raise, betting $ 2, and the next player can re-raise, betting $ 3.

Also do not forget about games with pot-limit, where bets are limited to the pot – from 1x bet up to the value of the pot, played in this round of betting. Accordingly, raise is limited to the value of the pot.