When to go all-in in Poker

All-in poker or all-in is a bet on which the whole game will depend. All-in is above all others in terms of responsibility. This bet will allow you to increase the stack many times, or lose everything.

All-in Preflop

The first rule that should be learned by a player who wants to bet all-in at the very first stage of the game is to always assess the situation and thoroughly check the justification of this bet. In this case, it is necessary to pay special attention to the number of opponents who can potentially call the bet.

The best condition for going all-in is considered to be if the player is completely sure that only one opponent will support his bet. Of course, the more participants in the game equal, the larger the pot can be won back, however, this significantly reduces the chances of winning.

For example, a player who knows that he is the only one playing with a pair of aces preflop can expect 80% to win. But this percentage decreases significantly in proportion to the number of players calling the bet.

Most players call early in the game when there are a lot of players from weak players. There are situations when opponents put all-in with very unexpected combinations, it happens that the whole table can go all-in in tournaments and biggest jackpot, and a pair of aces does not necessarily win.

If the player has a good starting hand in the form of a top pair (AAKK), you should go all-in at the first stage of the game, if any of the opponents respond to a raise by over-raising.

In this situation, all-in will help to exclude overly neat (tight) players who have medium-strength pairs in their hands or large, but not paired cards that rise immediately after the provocateur. This bet may not always stop the maniacs and loose ones, but it is against these opponents that the chances of winning increase.

All-in at the stage when the opponents have not yet made a single decision is a rather reckless decision. In this case, the player runs the risk that none of the opponents will dare to support his bet, which means that only the blinds (bets made before the start of the game will get a result, which is quite a shame with a good starting hand.

All-in is good in the later stages of tournament games when it makes sense to pick up the blinds as it will help you multiply your stack.

All-in on the Flop

The second round of poker will provide the player with the necessary information about the strength of the hand and the possibilities for improving the situation. When a player has a strong (“nut”) hand on the flop, you can go all-in, but remember that the main goal should be to increase the pot, and a sharp all-in can frighten off opponents.

All-in on the Turn

You need to go all-in on the turn, relying on the behavior of opponents in the previous stages of trading. Such information enables the player to more accurately estimate the strength of the opponents’ hands. On the turn, rarely does anyone push all-in, as weaker and more aggressive players go all-in earlier, while tight players do it on the river

All-in on the river

An all-in bet is made at this stage only in 2 cases:

  • if the player has collected a completely invincible combination;
    Here you need to be careful, as a player with a very strong hand should think about increasing the pot, and all-in in such a situation can scare away all opponents.
  • if the player is sure that the opponents will fold, and then he can take the pot

This is where you need to be perfectly familiar with bluffing skills. In this case, a bluff is valid if the player has cards on the board that make up a straight or a flush, provided that none of the opponents has collected these combinations.

You should not put all-in if there is not enough information about the opponents and their possible desire to fold. Without such information, it is better to neglect all-in in favor of a lower rate.

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