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This is one of the toughest decisions to make. When you are mixed up in a hand with an opponent and they are betting at you non stop. You then have to make the decision about whether or not you want to call off all of your chips when they push all in, or if you want to fold and preserve what you have left. It can be a hard thing to decide, but with the right information about what type of hands you have vs. what types of range that you put your opponents on, the decision won’t be nearly as tough as you’d think. Today we are going to look at the strategy behind calling off your chip stack, and also about putting your opponent on a range also.

What Could They Have?

Putting your opponent on a range is huge. If you are able to get in a situation where you have a solid idea behind what your opponent could be holding in their hand, then making a decision about calling off your chips becomes much easier. This range can be based on how they are betting, how they’ve been playing to that point, and also what cards are showing on the board. It can of course range anywhere from having absolutely nothing, up to a flush, straight, or even more. Remember not to think of the worst case scenario automatically though. If you end up thinking of JUST the worst case scenario then you are going to force yourself into a decision to fold almost every time! You should be deciding on a range from the word go, meaning that as soon as you are dealt your cards you should be thinking about what the opponent could have.

Careful Calling With Ace High

Obviously making a call with Ace high is a huge deal. With that being said though, it’s something you shouldn’t do very often, because if you are calling on the assumption that your opponent has a bluff, then all that they have to turn over is bottom pair for you to lose your all-in call. I’d recommend almost never calling down with Ace high, but sometimes you just have a huge feeling about a specific player or a specific hand and you will call the all-in with just Ace high. People do bluff often, but you’ll find that not everyone will bluff off their entire stack hoping that you will fold. This means that you need to make “smart calls” on every hand, regardless of the situation, and this especially stands true with your opponents’ all in bets!

You will also need to take into consideration how many chips are in the pot on the river or turn when your opponent is pushing all in as well. If you’ve put in a huge amount of your chips, then you probably need to make the call if you have anything, mainly because of the pot odds that you are given. This is a tough thing to do, and it’s also why you shouldn’t be calling many big bets when you are on a draw. If you call the bet pre-flop or just after the flop with a draw then that’s understandable, but don’t get caught with nothing!

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