The first and the most important advice that I am going to give a holdem poker player is that if you have made your mind to begin play with the hand, raise pre flop with it. This advice might look simple for you but this is the most advice that made my game to change forever. These are the reasons to always raise pre flop.
1. Showcases your strength. When you raise pre flop you are indicating to your opponents that you possess a strong hand and this can instill fear into their minds. So it gives you another chance to make them believe and bluff more into the hand.
2. Define the hand range of your opponents. Raising pre flop puts you in an advantageous position as only the opponents having strong first hands will be ready to call you. So it is helpful in predicting what your opponent possesses. This move would help to kill limpers who would have been expecting free flop of bad hands such as 5, 3. If you are allowing some opponents to limp in, and their flop is 3,4,7, and some opponent starts raising, will you be ever sure that somebody haven’t made two pairs, or an straight draw open ended with the rags? So a safe flop to continue the bet on would be to raise a pre flop to finish of weak hands.
3. Better chances for getting more callers while you move a good hand. The chances are more of your opponent understanding the way you play the game. If you frequently raise pre flop and make continued bets the opponent are more likely to call you. A best way to scare of your opponents is to never raise pre flop and folds while you don’t hit anything.
4. Raising pre flop can only keep your hand range stricter. This is the basics of a good game. There are many times were you would have said “I will stick on with this and see what is there on the flop”. This may sometimes lead you to lose cash in poker. If you are making yourselves follow the fold rule pre flop or raise, you will gamble your money only when the position of your cards is in your favor.