Back Raise In Poker: Definition, Uses, How To Play, & Example


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You often hear the expert players in poker talk about how easily they can deceive other players on the table without having to put in a lot of effort. There are multiple tricks that a player can pull on their opponents but this article’s topic of discussion is poker backraise and how one can implement it in their poker strategy. It seems a bit unethical to be a true technique, but we assure you that it will rain chips in your pot if you have a knack for backraise. It not only confuses your opponent into assuming something that is false, but also pushes them to fold in situations where failure is on your end instead. This technique is also known as an intricate raise that happens prior to a flop, which further instigates the opponent into raising before you choose to re-raise again. This article entails all about poker backraise and everything you need to know about it -

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What exactly is backraise in poker?

A poker backraise is a raise made by a player who has previously made a call in the previous round and is choosing to re-raise again in the current betting round. This term doesn’t denote a clear-cut intention of the player or when they want to raise their hands, and hence can be rather deceptive at times. The player usually tends to do a backraise only when the player before them chooses to raise. The most common way a player uses backraise is by squeezing in on a pre-flop situation.

Use of backraise in gameplay

-          Button is raised to 3 Big Blinds

-          Small blind proceeds to cold-calls

-          Further, Big Blind squeezes to 12 Big Blind

-          Button is folded

-          Small Blind backraises to 25 Big Blind

In this specific scenario, squeezing technique is supposed to be more effective on the big blinds due to their dominating power over small blind. There is a high probability of small blind opting for a call if they held a premium pre-flop with a prior notion of wanting to backraise against a much-expected squeezing from the big blind.

Popular example of backraise in poker

·         In this particular situation, imagine you are dealing with pocket aces where you get two callers after an initial pre-flop raise on the table.

·         Once you land on a safe flop against the rest of the players, if any of the other pre-flop callers churns out a bet, it will lead up to a call for oneself and a fold for one of the other players. Depending on the previous gameplay and the flow of the table, one can assume that the opponent is in possession of a King card in their hand.

·         When you move your hand with a bet as the flop brings about a jack, there is a chance for the opponent to raise. However, when you re-raise in return, they might end up folding and the pot will become all yours.  This is a classic example of poker backraise.

How to use backraise in your strategy

How to use backraise in your strategy?

·         Make complete use of this in your gameplay, as it can deceive the other players into thinking that you have the exact card that they assume you have. During one of the opportunities to raise, choose not to raise and wait until your opponent decides to fold.

·         This technique is perfect to be played against opponents with a tough and aggressive gameplay and sometimes can be hard to take them down. Hence, poker backraise can be implemented as a trap to slow their game and take home the pot.

Now that you know all there is to know about backraise, how about trying the same in an actual game? Download the GetMega Poker app now and register yourself into any of the contests to stand a chance of winning money.

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Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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