Betting cuts down volatility, check-raising increases it

    • cobby
      Joined: 14.09.2007 Posts: 807

      i read this in Harrington's book.
      He says
      Betting defines hand and cuts down volatility (because it forces opponent to show strength), check-raising defines hand for a higher price and increases volatility

      What does he mean with it decreasing and increasing volatility and why?

      Thanks in advance
  • 1 reply
    • ManniXXX
      Joined: 05.09.2007 Posts: 707
      My interpretation is that check raising creates unknowns and instability in the general betting pattern for a hand. It's easier to put someone on a hand if they are betting out into a pot or calling a bet made to them. If they check-raise then you have to ask yourself whether they have a better hand than you and are trapping or whether they are making a bluff or a semi-bluff or whatever...