Raising your bets has been a central part of Poker strategy since the game of Poker was born. But when should you call a hand or raise a hand?

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Now, about the raising part of the game, when should you call a hand or raise a hand?

Well, it depends on the situation. If the person that bets for you bets all of their chips, you should fold your hand, if it’s a bad or a medium-strength hand. For example, if you have 5-7 unsuited and the other person has A-A suited or unsuited, you should fold.

So, when should you actually raise your bets? You should raise your bets when:

1. If you have a medium-strength hand (and pair higher then 5-5, but lower than 9-9)

2. When your starting cards, or pocket cards in Texas Hold’em, are 9-9, 10-10, J-J, Q-Q, K-K, and A-A.

3. When you make a pair on the flop and want to protect your hand. Be careful, since your opponent(s) might have a higher hand than you! Think of the dreaded straight, three-of-a-kind, or flush draw.

4. When you’re check-raising, to see what type of hand your opponent(s) have. If they have a huge hand, they’ll re-raise your bet. If they have a weak or small hand, they will fold.

Lastly, it’s important to exactly know when to raise or not. If you don’t know, use your best judgement. It can mean the difference between you winning a hand and losing a hand.

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