Chapter 7 of 38 from Daniel Negreanu

# Check-Raising

Learn how adding the check-raise to your toolkit can open up bluffing opportunities, extract extra value, and keep you from getting run over when you’re out of position.

Topics include: Keep People Guessing With Your Check-Raising • Balance Your Check-Raises With Check-Calls • Quiz: Check-Raising • Quiz: Check-Raising #2

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Definitely a ton of information to study. more hand breakdowns and some software to practice certain situations would help.

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Jacob P.

I was thinking about the last question. And guessing QhJh. My reasoning was the bluff might give me a free card on the river if an Ace comes on the turn. Which I would hope is a Ten for the straight. Is that practical?

Phillip K.

So you check raise the deuces because it is more likely the raiser has hit high pair of even two pair if he is the button or BB. And if he has hit it is less likely in his eyes that you have hit those cards so he is more likely to call.

Daniel C.

The concept of blockers is really interesting. But Im a little confused...with a set on the flop, Daniel says we would check raise on the flop, because our opponent is more likely to have opened up with something like KQ, AQ, etc, and hit top pair? Did I understand that correctly? Wouldnt it be better to check call and check raise on the river? I definitely understand why we would check call if we flopped top or top 2 on a dry board, though.

Keith S.

This is a very good session...it's definitely a weak part of my game, and I need to be more conscious of the blocking cards for bluffs. Good Stuff!

David W.

What about check raising two opponents...do we simply change our percentages or tighten up on the board textures we would check raise on?

Darby L.

What would you use for a check raise bet size? What situations would you min raise, when would a half pot raise be appropriate, and when would you think about a pot sized bet?

Scott W.

What happens when the check raise gets called and the turn is a blank for you. How often do you bet 4th street with a draw? Example: You have 9/10 hearts heads up. Flop is 7,J, 4 with 2 hearts. You have a big draw with a gut shot 8 or any heart. You check raise and it gets called. The turn is a 2 of clubs. Do you continue the bet most of the time or do you check and hope your opponent checks so you get a free card? If the river is a king of clubs. Is it smart to bluff the river in hopes the opponent may be on hearts as well or maybe A/10 and now the king is a bigger pair and they may fold?

Steven R.

With AJ suited you maybe be bluffing with the best hand - so it is not really a bluff than is it

Steven L.

I think with QJ, you can have a up and down straight where your QJ covers more than the KQ or KJ

Alexander K.

Why is it better to bluff with QJ than with AJ? Daniel said that QJ would block opponents with KQ or KJ, but wouldn't an opponent have AK or KJ just as likely?

#### Transcript

Check-raising is a deadly weapon, and it must be used occasionally. And a lot of benefits come from check-raising. Obviously, you know, you get value when you have a good hand. It allows you to bluff in certain situations. But most importantly, it stops the opponent who has position on you from just running over you, right? If you're a player who doesn't really ever check-raise, well, then your opponent can always feel free to bet the turn, you know, and know that there's no fear of you check-raising him off of his draw or anything along those lines. So what this will do for you is, if you start to check-raise occasionally and people know that you're capable of it, sometimes it'll get your free cards. Because people are afraid. Like, I don't really want to bet here because if I get check-raised, I don't know that I can call. So that will allow you to see some rivers that you may not otherwise. Ideally, the image you want to create is someone to be feared. You want to be feared in all situations. When you check, you don't want necessarily that to be a signal for everyone to say, well, I'm just going to run you over. There's too many players who play so straightforward that a check means exactly what you'd expect-- I don't have a very good hand. And a bet means-- I think I have a very good hand. You don't want to be that player. In some home games, especially when I started playing, check-raising? Hey, that's not legal. We didn't even allow it, right? It seemed like, hey, man, you checked. You don't get to raise. But it's actually a pretty important weapon for the player that is out of position. As we've, you know, established, obviously, being out of position forces you into being more defensive. Well, one of the weapons you can use is a check-raise. But you need to be really smart about how you're doing so because, if you're check-raising too often, you're making the pot bigger for an opponent who's going to be in position and call a lot, and you're going to put yourself in a lot more difficult situations. The other problem with check-raising is doing it in a balanced fashion. OK? So if you calls from the big blind a raise, and the button raise to 3x and you called, and the flop comes King 7, deuce, rainbow, you know, and you flop Kings and 7s. That's a really good hand. Yeah! You check, button bets, and you check-raise. Well, first of all, your opponent probably didn't have that much since you block, as we say. You have a King and a 7. So that's one less card that they could have to continue with. In addition to that, the question is is, are you going to only check-raise when you have good hands and then just check fold when you don't? What happens when you check call? So if you're check-raising too many of your good hands, it means that the hands you check in call with become weaker, as far as a range goes. So it's a very dangerous game to play. It certainly plays a role on flops, turns, and rivers. There's a lot of situati...