CHAPTER 9 – All In? When and When Not To

Shove all in

One of the most thrilling plays in poker is throwing all of your chips into the pot. The “All In” move is a critical play, which is why it deserves its own chapter. It is a wild, invigorating experience, and many people use it WAY to often. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly love the all in play, but you must know the proper situations in which to use this player to make it profitable.

Let me start, the worst time to move all in is obviously preflop, at the start of a Sit&Go.

Newbie players will constantly do this in hopes of doubling up. When you do this, you are not disguising your hand and just giving it away. It’s kinda obvious when you throw all your chips in the pot, you have a great hand. Only people you have dominated will fold, and the rest will call and have you beat. For example, if you go all in with QQ, hands like QJ and 10 10 will fold, but hands like KK or AA will call you instantly. This move can be VERY dangerous if not used properly.

Let me now give you a few examples of when the “all in move” is the right play. If you establish your table image as a tight player you can certainly take advantage of the all in move in later stages of the Sit&Go. For example, if you’ve only played 8 or fewer hands the whole Sit&Go, you’ll get away with unusual raises in the later rounds. One circumstance you should do this is if you are on the button and it has been folded to you. You can move all in and your opponents will more than likely fold and give you credit for an exceptional hand.

Another situation is when you’re on the bubble of the Sit&Go. When you have 4 players left in the Sit&Go, and only 3 make the money, players will tighten up drastically. You can go all in on the button when it goes through all the players and no one has shown any strength in their hands. This tool right here will pad your chip stack and you will be sailing right into first place.

The third situation is when you are in a pot against a player’s worst enemy, the tight aggressive player. Tight aggressive players are the most excellent poker players, and you may often end up in a pot with someone who will outplay you. If you know the other player is very skilled, and you feel you are ahead in the hand, you should move all in. The reason for this is because it is likely that the accomplished player may bluff you out of the pot or outplay you later in the hand. By moving all in you put a stop to these risks.


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