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HOW DEEP ARE YOU?

    The betting is largely influenced by the amount of money the poker players have in front of them. The deeper the money, greater are the chances that a poker player has a good hand when he raises.

    Since, the amount put at risk in further betting must be considered his raise exerts greater leverage. Thus, the poker psychological aspects of the situation also play an important role.

    The importance on position greatly increases with large stack of chips. Constructing a big-bet poker problem and not stating how much money is in front of each poker player would be improper.

    Let us look at a no-limit hold’em poker game and see how the amount of money in front of us and our rival poker player affects our decision when we raise a pot and get reraised. Assuming that the game has a $25 minimum bring in, we opened for $100, and got repopped.

  1. Both, the rival poker player and me, started with $200, so the reraise is $100 more all-in. In poker, this is the easiest situation. We don’t need to look at our hand, or analyze what the rival poker player might have. We just put the money in and see who wins. You are too deeply involved in the poker game to fold.
  2. Both, the rival poker player and me started with $350, so the raise is $500 more all-in. Here, the raise is about the size of the pot. If I tried to steal with a Q-J (suited or not), I would be inclined to fold. I would call on any legitimate raising hand such as A-Q suited or a pair of 10’s.
  3. Both, the rival poker player and me started with $600, so the raise is $500 more all-in. Overbetting the pot size to move in by the rival poker player had no great consequence on what he held.
    It would have been a more dangerous situation if the rival poker player had raised $200 more rather than going all-in. In the latter scenario, it would look as if he were treading lightly to induce a call.
    Deducing what sort of psychology the rival poker player might be using depends a lot on who the rival poker player is. In the actual problem, we are not committed to the pot even though the rival poker player might not have a big pair.
    We should carefully look at what we hold, who raised us, the psychology involved, and other such factors. To call, my inclination would be to require a solid hand such as A-K or J-J.
  1. Both, the rival poker player and me started with a grand. The rival poker player raises my $100 bet $250 more, so he has another $650 left. Always be cautious in such situations. This is very different from the situation where we raised $250 more all-in.

    The rival poker player is very likely to hold a big hand in the present circumstances. There is no hand that I would call him with. The only options I have are to either raise or fold.
    If I threw my hand away for the bet on the flop, I would be too far into the pot because the last $650 would be equal or less than the pot size if I call his raise. I should surely have either aces or kings (which are the likely hands for my rival poker player to hold) to play for all my money.
  2. Both of us start the hand with three thousand dollars. The rival poker player reraises my $100 raise $250 more, which leaves $2650 – good enough for two more raises. It is quite strange that here there is a greater chance that your rival poker player is fooling around than in the previous situation.
    Here, a much lower percentage of his stack is at risk, and the intimidation factor is also greater. It would be foolish to reraise him on kings or queens here. The hand containing aces is the only through ticket for all your money.
    Consider the situation this way. Reraising with kings would not allow rival poker player to make possible mistake. He will go all-in with aces, and fold everything else. If they are good then it is better to try making some money by calling with kings. Aces or a bluff is required to reraise.

    Since, we have discussed how heads-up play is affected by the size of your stack, let’s try to understand multihanded situations. If in a hold’em poker game, player A opens for a raise to $100, and player B raises $250 more, making the total bet $350 to you.

    You need to know how much money is in front of each rival poker player to fully understand the situation. For example, if player A had $350, and player B $1000. It is quite possible that player B is only thinking of taking a race against player A for $350, and is not ready to play for his whole stack.

    If player A also had a grand, the situation would have been quite different. It doesn’t matter whether your own stack is $200, $500, or $1000, it is still necessary to consider the amount player B thought he was going to be playing when he reraised.

    The situation where you have raised the pot and have many callers is quite different from the given situation. If you have two aces, and after the flop hits, the first poker player leads through you with a medium-sized bet.

    It would be dangerous and probably incorrect for you to raise with the whole field yet to be heard from even though you might be thinking that those aces might still be your best hand. Be careful of bushwhackers. This assumes more importance when you have lot of money, the raiser or the better has only a small stack, however, someone else with a live hand is deep in dough.

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