Negative Freeroll

A negative freeroll occurs in a situation in which a player checks in the final betting round before the showdown with the intent of calling an all-in or other bet instead of betting himself. Since he checks, he gives the opponent the opportunity to check behind with a weak hand and make it to the showdown without betting any more, whereas opponents with good hands will bet in any case.

Betting or going all-in is the only way for the player to extract more money from others with weak hands while losing the same amount either way.

This often occurs when a player was the aggressor throughout the hand and the final card possibly completes an opposing draw. If the hand is so strong or the pot odds so good that he cannot fold, he should bet himself instead of allowing weak hands to get to the showdown for free.

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Pot Odds