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What does it mean to check behind?

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In poker terminology, there's something called "checking behind". What does this mean?

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It's when you 'check' (choose not to bet anything) after all players before you have checked. Often with a good hand you'll want to do this to give your opponent(s) an opportunity to improve and be willing to bet. With a weak hand you might want to do this if you suspect your opponent is slow-playing a good hand for the same reason.

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Checking behind is when you are last to act, and you check.


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What does it mean to check behind?

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In poker terminology, there's something called "checking behind". What does this mean?


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It's when you 'check' (choose not to bet anything) after all players before you have checked. Often with a good hand you'll want to do this to give your opponent(s) an opportunity to improve and be willing to bet. With a weak hand you might want to do this if you suspect your opponent is slow-playing a good hand for the same reason.

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With an un-beatable hand it is a good idea to check behind, and let someone catch up. Otherwise, you want to make bets which make it a mistake for them to attempt to draw out - because more often than you want, they will draw out. - RobW Oct 19 '11 at 21:02

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