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When Not To Call

Arjun📁articles🕔23.April 2018
When Not To Call

A little while ago, we wrote about a few situations in which youshouldn’t give in to the temptation to fold. Well, it strikes us that there are a number of situations in which you might be tempted to call when that isn’t the right thing to do either. So that’s what we’re here for today – strap yourselves in, and let us lead you through the times when you should definitely not call.

When you’re trying not to be bullied

Picture this – everybody folds to the big blind except for one player who raises, and then the action comes to you. You strongly suspect that your opponent was just raising in order to bully everybody else into folding; thus, stealing the pot. Once you realize this, your overriding instinct is to call their bluff even though you’ve got a terrible hand. Don’t do it – it’s okay to lose the blinds as long as you win the bigger pots.

When you’re out of position

If you’ve got a middle-of-the-road kinda hand and you’re facing a raise from a player who has position on you, it’s not worth your time and money to stay in the round by calling. Unless you’re trying to shake up your opponents’ read on you or just bluff a little to set yourself up for future hands, it’s generally a good idea to not push your luck when you’re out of position.

When your opponent is tight

We keep coming back to this point over and over again, but it’s worth repeating – poker is, above all, ahumangameand so you’ve got to read your opponents. If you’re being raised by a player who’s demonstrated a strong inclination towards a tight playstyle, you’re not in the best shape and you should throw your cards down.

When you know someone is bluffing, but you’ve got nothing

Sometimes, you justknowthat someone else is bluffing; and, in those situations, it’s very tough to resist the urge to do anything but call or raise. However, you always need to consider your own cards – do you have a hand that you’re comfortable playing the round out with? If the answer is ‘no’, then it doesn’t matter how sure you are of your opponent’s bluff – the correct thing to do might be to get out before you dig yourself in too deeply.

When you haven’t had a good hand in awhile

Once again, we come back to poker being a human game with this point. It’s only human to want to play a hand if it’s the first decent cards you’ve seen in awhile. But what if there are three or four other players who’ve called or raised before the action gets to you? Depending on your hand, those may not be great odds for you; and if that’s the case, you should resist the urge to call.

We hope that this will give you a little more to think about when you’re making the decision of whether to call or not – happy playing!

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