Poker BettingPoker is to a big extent a match of chance. However with the introduction of betting, it becomes a matter of psychology and skill. In most of the games, there is some amount that is bet at first, into the pot and betting is by and large done in a clockwise manner. In general, players are supposed to bet when they get a good hand. Players who do not have good hands are expected to fold. Below we describe certain situations where betting could be used as a strategy:
When you find yourself in the dealer's position, and only you and the blinds are left in the game, a raise is often called "blind-stealing". This is for the reason that the blinds may fold, whereas if you didn't raise but simply called, the blinds would plainly check. Doubtless it is a good way to make a quid or two, but will never make you wealthy. It is more of a way to finish the game fast and have a new hand dealt with more players & obviously more money.
If you are last player to act and all players have checked to you, betting to purely limit the number of players or take the pot is called a steal-raise. Avoid using this exclusively, as better players will be onto you quickly and begin check-raising against your, almost certainly, poor hand. It is good to use a steal raise when you have an outstanding drawing hand such as a nut flush draw. Players would tend to "check to the raiser". If you draw to your own hand, you now have a larger pot to win. If you do not, you can always check, and expect the fifth card makes your hand.