What is ‘Call Cold’?
To call cold is to call both a raise and a bet. This is an action taken by the player when they decide to call more than one bet at once. This well-known phrase is often used interchangeably with the term cold call. To call cold is the action in progress, whereas the cold call is name given to the action itself.
‘Call Cold’ Explained
If a player has decided to call cold, they are calling the raise as well as the bet. For example, a player is able to stay in the pot by betting extra chips that match the total of all other bets, as opposed to just the sum of one single wager.
An example of calling cold is as follows: “In that round, Mark staked a wager of $5 and then Elizabeth, who played second, raised to $10. Instead of calling the $10 by itself, I chose to fold instead of calling cold.”
A further example of calling cold is this: Four people are playing poker in a cardroom. These players are called Sarah, Jack, Dave, and Mary. Sarah begins the round of betting by wagering $10. Jack then calls this bet, but then Dave raises it to $20. Following this, if Mary decides to call the bet, she has called cold. Thus, Mary called both the first bet of $10, and the raise of $20.
The theory behind calling cold relates mainly to weak players. If a player repeatedly calls cold, it is usually an indication that are less skilled than their opponents and that they are taken advantage of for playing passively during the stage before the flop.
For this reason, the person who calls cold a lot will typically have lost a lot of chips and therefore add very little to the pot. This is thought to be the reason that they often decide to call a raise as well as a bet.