If you have been playing online poker for a while then you will have encountered just about every type of player on the planet. There is one type of player that never ceases to annoy me and that is the constant check raiser. The check raise has a place in poker but it is a move that I almost never employ. In other situations, it just doesn’t make sense.
If you are lucky enough to get a too frequent check raiser at your online poker table, the best thing that you can do is to teach them a lesson. It might cost you a few chips building up to the lesson, but if you have a bankroll that can last through a bit of trauma then it almost always pays dividends. Tighten up your play, fold unless you have strong pocket cards and wait until you have something a little special. Johnny Checkraiser will often check raise as a bluff, if they have taken a few hands, chances are that he or she will keep trying to bluff you out of the hand. If you think that you have a commanding hand, then it is time to administer the discipline.
- Don’t re-raise – Bet and call, remember you are drawing them into your trap.
- Don’t bet too high – If you are holding solid cards, you want to make your opponent think that you are not so sure about playing them. You might need an escape route. You do not want to build up a pot that is so big that you cannot walk away from it.
- Take your time – When you call their raise, let the turn clock wind down a bit. It gives the impression that you are nervous.
- Re-raise on the river – If you have a very strong hand, don’t be afraid to go all-in after their raise. Worst case scenario they fold, best case they call and you will sting them.
Check Raisers can be annoying, but they can send a lot of chips your way if you play them in the right way. Remember, in online poker, the tables always turn. All you need to do is to tighten up your game and wait for the right time to pounce.