Poker Basics: How to Bet and Raise Like a Poker Pro

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Published on 20 February 2014 by Pokerlistings 6994

Our latest Poker Basics beginner poker strategy video teaches you to bet and raise like a poker pro. We’ll also show you how to avoid common mistakes like string-betting, and calling when you meant to raise. Beginner poker players make a few common mistakes when they bet and raise for the first time in a real poker game. The easiest way to avoid most mistakes is to clearly announce your action before you even touch your chips. If you want to raise, when it's your turn just say “Raise”, then count out your chips and push them across the betting line in one clear motion. The easiest way to announce a raise is by saying the combined total of the original bet and your raise. If a player in front of you bet 500, and you want to raise an additional 1,000, just say “ I'll raise to 1,500”. Clearly announcing that you're raising will help you avoid common mistakes like string-betting and calling when you meant to raise. String-betting is when a player tries to bet or raise but moves their chips in with more than one motion. It's also considered a string-bet if you use the old movie line, “I'll see your bet … and raise”. String betting is against the rules and in both examples the first action is binding. Another way you can slip up and call when you meant to raise is by throwing in one large-denomination chip and not declaring raise first. Save yourself the trouble and clearly announce what you're going to do, before you do it. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey today.

Beginner poker players make a few common mistakes when they bet and raise for the first time in a real poker game. The easiest way to avoid most mistakes is to clearly announce your action before you even touch your chips. If you want to raise, when it's your turn just say “Raise”, then count out your chips and push them across the betting line in one clear motion. The easiest way to announce a raise is by saying the combined total of the original bet and your raise. If a player in front of you bet 500, and you want to raise an additional 1,000, just say “ I'll raise to 1,500”. Clearly announcing that you're raising will help you avoid common mistakes like string-betting and calling when you meant to raise. String-betting is when a player tries to bet or raise but moves their chips in with more than one motion. It's also considered a string-bet if you use the old movie line, “I'll see your bet … and raise”. String betting is against the rules and in both examples the first action is binding. Another way you can slip up and call when you meant to raise is by throwing in one large-denomination chip and not declaring raise first. Save yourself the trouble and clearly announce what you're going to do, before you do it. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey today.