All-in - this is a special situation at the poker table when a player bets all his chips in a particular hand. These can often be the most exciting moments in poker: the player decides to risk everything to win the pot.
Among professional players, the phrase "the player is exposed" is often heard. This means the same as all-in - the poker player has put his entire pot at stake.
A player who goes all-in can pursue various goals by making a move like this:
- He has a really good hand and is willing to risk money to win more;
- The poker player wants to deceive opponents and take the pot without good cards. If the bank is small, few will want to risk their money.
As a rule, they play all-in in the hands in which there are few opponents (often two opponents). Because if there are too many opponents in the game, the chances of winning are drastically reduced.
In what hands can such bets be placed?
Such bets are allowed at all No Limit Poker tables. Moreover, such distributions are played in all types of card games.
But if you want to make such a bet in Fixed Limit Poker - you are unlikely to succeed (only if you have a change in the bank). Therefore, fixed limit poker is more suitable for beginners.
You can find tables with no-limit poker in all online rooms - this is the most popular type of distribution, which allows you to play more varied.
When is it worth going for broke?
It's not always appropriate to put your entire bank on the line. But there are some situations when, even by mathematical calculations, such a move will be considered the best.
Here are some poker situations in which to go All-in:
- If you have a top pair - for example, kings or aces. This will increase your initial chances of winning. But note that even with such cards, no one excludes that the opponents will have two pair, set, four of a kind, flush, or another stronger combination;
- If you have a small bank and need to fix the situation... This often happens in tournaments: you have a limited number of chips and need to somehow build up the pot again. Then it makes sense to go all-in with strong and medium hands. The fewer chips you have left, the wider the range of hands you can play;
- In cases of bluff... You can also cheat your opponents and make big bets. Moreover, you can make the maximum bet with medium and strong hands - this will not be a pure bluff. You will have an airbag that will allow you to count on winning even if your opponents support your challenge. But a pure bluff with trash cards should not be used at the initial levels: you can easily be caught on this and you will lose all your money.
Professional gamblers don't often use this technique. But there are interesting situations in which each of the rivals has excellent chances of winning: both go all-in and then everything is left to chance.
It should be noted that in poker these are the most exciting moments: players participate in the lottery and cannot influence the outcome of the hand in any way.
Should you keep pushing all-in?
What if your opponent has bet his entire stack against you? It all depends on the situation at the table.
Ideally, if you are practically sure of your victory: you have already made a combination and you see that your opponent is simply bluffing.
But if the flop is not yet open, but you also have good cards - think twice... Even with a pair of aces, you can't always win. You can be guided by intuition: many pros note that they were often pushed to support the rate by some kind of inner feeling.
All-in is an infrequent technique that sharpens the game and allows you to win even in the most incredible situations!