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Texas Hold'em Poker Play Actions

When you enter a Texas Hold'em poker game, it doesn’t take too long until you need to make your poker play action. Texas Hold'em poker is a game that advances fast, and during the game, you need to make a lot of decisions fast. Even though a starting out player is the one that struggles the most to catch up with the others, and manage know how to bet, more advanced players could also use improvement, usually in choosing the right poker play action, and choosing it fast.

There are five different poker play action in Texas Hold'em poker.

The Check happens when you wish to stay in the game, but you do not want to bet yet.

  • During the first round of Texas Hold'em poker, before the flop cards are dealt, no one can check except for the big blind, who already put his money in the pot before the cards were dealt.
  • In later rounds of Texas Hold'em poker , once a bet has been made, players can no longer check when it is their turn to make the poker play action, and can only call, raise, or fold.

Checking doesn't cost you anything, so if the option is either checking or folding you should always check.

To check raise is to raise after you've checked before. Check-raising is sometimes called sandbagging in Texas Hold'em poker, and it is a play action that signals that a player has a good hand, but is playing as if his hand is worse.

To call is to place the same wager as the previous player bet or raised. To stay in the Texas Hold'em poker round, a player must place the same wager as the other players did.

To raise is a Hold'em poker play action means to match the previous Texas Hold'em poker bet, and to increase it by placing more chips in the pot. If there is a betting limit, then the raise is of a fixed amount of money. A raise usually signals the player raising has a good hand on which he is sure of, unless that player is bluffing.

The re-raise has similarities with the regular raise. If there has already been a raise before it is your turn, you will be able to re-raise. Let's say you're in a $10-$20 limit Texas Hold'em poker game, and one player before you checked, then the other player raised $10. Now it is your turn to make your Hold'em poker play action. If you want to re-raise, you need to wager $20, in order to match the other player's $10, and add another $10 to the pot. Re-raises are risky because they occur after a player has already raised.

To fold is to step out of the game. When you decide you do not wish to continue with the Texas Hold'em poker game, you can decide this Hold'em poker play action, in order to stop playing for the current hand, and you'll be out off the game until a new hand is dealt. Players decide to fold if they think their hand is not good enough in comparison to other player's hands on the table, if they do not have enough money to stay in the game, if they don’t want to risk as much cash or if they are simply tired of playing.

Matthew Pilarski - Staff Correspondent