In the game of poker, particularly in the game of Texas Hold’em, it is easy to know when to raise. You should raise when you have a great starting hand (such as A-A, K-K, Q-Q, A-K or A-Q) or when you want your opponents to think you have a great starting hand. However, knowing when to call another player’s raise is a different story entirely.
There are a lot of very tight players who will fold when another player raises in nearly every situation. However, when you do this you can lose an awful lot of money. After all, when you fold you are losing all the chips you have already put in the pot. For this reason, it is important to know when to match another player’s raise and when to leave the game.
When you play with the same opponents for a period of time you get used to the way that they play. You can start to understand which players are probably bluffing and which only raise when they actually have a very strong hand. This can help you decide when to raise and when to fold. However, if you are playing with a new player you may want to fold the first time they raise if you don’t have a strong hand. However, if you see that this player continues to make raise after raise then you know that they are most likely bluffing and can begin calling when they raise.
It takes practice to figure out your opponents. However, once you do you can easily determine when to call and when to raise.