What is an Announced Bet?
An announced bet is a bet made at the poker table in verbal form. If it is made in turn then the bet is considered to be binding.
Announced Bet explained
When you are playing poker live either with friends or in particular in a casino, there will be many times when it is your turn to act. When play gets around to you to act, your options are usually to call, to raise or to fold.
If you make a raise, you can either count out your chips and push them into the middle and allow the dealer to count out your bet, or you can announce the number of chips you are raising to. This commitment would be an announced bet.
One reason why this can be a positive is that it speeds up play which is never a bad thing. Once you have made your announced bet, while you are counting out the chips for the bet the next player can be making their decision. If while you are counting out your chips the action is folded by everyone, then you can just take the chips from the pot rather than adding to them.
You must be careful when making an announced bet, however. Once you have declared your bet verbally you cannot go back on that bet unless you made it out of turn in which case there are occasions when your bet won’t be taken and can be retracted.
You can use an announced bet to give off real confidence in your hand. If your bet is given with confidence in a forceful tone then that could give off the impression that your hand is strong even if it isn’t. The same works the other way. If you are weak or timid then that suggests you are not confident with your hand.