How to go All-In in a Poker Game … and Win (Part 2)
Let’s say you’re down to a short stack of chips in a poker game. “What do I have to lose?” you think, “might as well go all in.” Famous last words.First of all, if you’ve got just a small amount of chips, the other players are likely to call your bet, especially if they’ve got a large stack of chips they can afford to part with. They reason that the risk of losing a little money is outweighed by the chance to clean you out and kick you out of the game. So do not even think about plonking your remaining chips on the table without an almost unbeatable hand. But if you’re dead certain you’ve got them beaten, then risk it: if they call you, and you win, then you triple your money or even higher.
Of course, do not just sit on your chips and let them dribble way with the blinds. If you are going to go all in, do it when you still have a chance to win the pot and rejoin the game.
If another person beats you to the move, the best thing to do is to call a re raise. This has to advantages. Firstly, it scares away all but the most fearless and more educated. Second, this list can help you assess your risk. What’s his playing style? How many chips doe he have left? Is this a bully tactic? Think it over several times before going all in—and once you do, it doesn’t hurt to whisper a short prayer to the Gambling Gods that be.