A Re-raise is the Nuts

A Re-raise is the Nuts



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There is a whole load of people who play like me on the internet. Tight/aggressive/with a little BS mixed in. And here one thing we almost never do, reraise without the nuts or near nuts.

If you are playing with me and see a preflop checkraise or reraise, you can be fairly sure I am on AA or KK. I just don't pump the pot with other hands, raise yes, reraise no. Why don't I vary my game more? Because I don't have to, they call me anyways.
I have always wondered why I can sit at table for 45 minutes, not win a hand, pump up a big pair and get called. Aren't they paying attention, do they really think I would sit here this long and try to drive the Q-10 as my big hand? The answer is yes they do, probably 50% of players have as their poker operation plan, "catch the bluffers and spank their little behind." It is a fetish to them to catch bluffers, a self defeating never ending poker quest.

So here's the rub. If you are sitting at table and some rock, suddenly pumps the pot with checkraise or reraise, fold, fold, fold. In the long run this is winning poker, and I don't even care if you would have flopped the set or he only had AK, blah, blah, blah. There is no better play in poker than escaping when you are beat, especially if it costs you nothing.