When Should You Go

Timothy Allin

ALL in Poker

All-in Poker Rules

The table stakes rule says that a player can’t be forced to wager more than he has brought to the table. 

Rule #1 – Table Stakes

All-in Poker Rules

Rule #2 – Side Pots 

Side pots are created exclusively in multi-way scenarios where one player is all-in, but the remaining players are battling out for additional chips.

Poker All-ins – When to Commit

Most important concept is pot-odds. If we are not familiar with pot-odds, this is an excellent opportunity for us to search for some material on the topic. 

Relevant Variables to Consider

- Effective Stacks and SPRs
- Type of opponent
- Previous action
- Relative hand Strength

Naturally a lot more involved than simply considering who is the aggressor.

Effective Stacks and SPRs

The type of hands we choose to go all-in with will be heavily affected by the effective stacks. The deeper the effective stacks, stronger our hand needs to be to get all-in. 

Type of Opponent

Decisions are based purely on the SPR and the type of hand we have. Poker game of people and our all-in decisions should be heavily adjusted based on the kind of opponent we are facing

Previous Action

There is naturally a lot more involved than simply considering who is the aggressor and who is the caller. 

Relative Hand Strength 

Some type of commitment system based on absolute hand strength can be problematic. For example, imagine we had an all rule where we never fold a set with 100bb effective stacks.

Poker All-in Strategy 

Reasons to Stack off Tighter
The SPR is high
The stacks are deep

Reasons to Stack off Wider
The SPR is low
The stacks are shallow