Isolation Raise - Either raising a player’s limp or a player’s all-in to get the
An isolation raise is a fantastic way to pick up some dead money pre-flop without
going to showdown and most of the time without even seeing a flop. You are largely
targeting the recreational players/bad players when you make an isolation raise as
they will happily limp with speculative hands or absolute rubbish and fold them without
too much thought when faced with a decent raise.
Limp - To call the big blind
An isolation raise size should be around 5BB’s as this prevents the players that
are still to act, like the small and big blind for example, from being priced in.
If you were to make it only 3BB’s then you could end up in a multi-way pot which
could be a disaster. The idea is basically to pick up all of the money that is on
the table in a safe manor.
So which hands do we make an isolation raise with? We can’t just do this with trash
hands as that won’t end up very profitable for us. We need hands with some kind of
high card value like A-X, K-X, Q-8+, J-8+, pocket pairs and some high suited connectors,
because at the end of the day we will sometimes be called so it’s important we have
a hand that can flop well. For the times we do see a flop you should learn how to
The other time when you can make an isolation raise is when a short stacked player
goes all-in. Your move would then be to re-raise, possibly all-in yourself (depending
on stack size) to get the rest of the table to fold so you get a heads-up showdown
with the short stack. You should really only be doing this if you think the short
stack has a wide shoving range, is on tilt or is just generally a bad player. Or,
of course, you have a big hand such as A-K or a big pair.
Also consider stack sizes! If you are wanting to isolate an all-in raise you will
need to look at the other player’s stack sizes as any other short stacks that there
may be might come along to and then you really will need a big hand, or a lot of
Target recreational players/bad players
Make an isolation raise to around 5BB’s
Raise with hands that flop well like A-X, K-X, Q-8+, J-8+, pocket pairs and suited
You can also re-raise a short stacks all-in to isolate
Only re-raise an all-in if you think the players’ range is wide, they are on tilt,
or just a bad player
Make sure you only do it with a decent hand like A-K or a big pair