What is ‘Re-raise’?
‘Re-raise’ is a casino term which appears most often in relation to poker. To ‘re-raise’ means to raise again after already doing so, or to raise further on another player’s bet. ‘Raising’ a bet means to add more than the required stake or more than the matched stake of the previous player, and it forces all subsequent players in that turn to match the bet or better it if they want to stay in the game.
In the card game poker, players make bets based on the strength of their hand against the hands of others at the table. A lot of the betting is based on assumption, as some or all of the opponents’ cards are hidden during the game. There are various rounds during which different actions are made – cards might be replaced with fresh ones, or community cards might be turned over and revealed. Whenever an action takes place, players must decide whether to end their turn or act on their hand.
These betting options include: ‘folding’, or handing back cards and forfeiting any stake in the pot; ‘checking’, which is a free turn with no bet required, only available in some situations; ‘calling’, or making the minimum bet and passing play to the next player, or ‘raising’ – increasing the bet by some increment of the minimum, usually twice the amount, and thus forcing other players to do the same if they want to continue playing.
If a player ‘re-raises’, they make a raise on top of a previous raise. This might refer to a player who raises after an opponent has done so, or to one who raises again when play comes back around to them. Re-raising multiple times is either a sign of a very strong hand, or a sign of a very brave bluff. Instead of continuing to re-raise, players could opt to go ‘all-in‘ – bet all of their chips in one turn, and force the other players to match this all-in bet to play.