If it’s good enough to call, then it’s good enough to raise.
This is an old saying in Texas hold’em that still rings true today. Especially when entering a pot before the flop.
You want to get in the habit of raising or re-raising when entering the pot before the flop. This will ensure less players that you have to beat out later in the hand, and will give you control of the hand.
By staying consistent with this strategy, you are also disguising your hand strength, keeping pressure on your opponents, and making them guess.
You have been dealt 89 suited in middle position at a $1/$2 game.
Everyone folds to you.
Instead of flat-calling, you choose to raise to $7, disguising your hand and keeping pressure on your opponents.
“If it’s good enough to call, it’s good enough to raise.”
FOLLOW UP WITH A FLOP BET
Stay aggressive on the flop by following through with a bet.
This keeps the pressure on your opponent, and keeps them guessing rather than vise versa.
This continued aggression on the flop is known as a “continuation bet“.