Check Raise -
Check raising is an action used when you are out of position. It is a really simple yet effective play and if used correctly it can be a powerful weapon for two completely different scenarios.
The idea of check raising as a bluff is to end the hand without going to showdown
and to trap some extra dead money in the pot. It is a good play to use against loose
players with a wide range of hands as a lot of the time they will not be able to
continue against the strength of a check raise. There are a couple of good situations
where you might want to check raise as a bluff. The first is against loose player
on a dry flop such as K-
Beware, bluffing in this way is very player dependant. Experienced players are likely
to know you are bluffing here so may well re-
Another situation where we can check raise as a bluff is if we have a strong draw
on the flop. This is more commonly known as a semi bluff. An example flop would be
975 with two spades. We could comfortably check raise this flop holding two spades
if one spade is a high card or with other hands such as J-
Check raising for value usually only consist of strong flopped hands where your opponent may also have a bit of something. The most common flop to check raise for value is when you flop a set, especially if the flop is two tone as you need to protect your hand from possible flush/straight draws. If the flop is dry then check raising wouldn’t be a great idea because as we said above, the dryer the flop the less likely it is your opponent has hit so you will get a fold a lot of the time, which is something we don’t want!
Another reason to check raise for value is if you flop two pair. Mainly for the above reasons but other reasons could be against a maniac or a player on tilt as they will likely stack off very light, probably with any sort of one pair hand or a draw.