What Is A Hero Call In Poker?

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Last Updated: December 18, 2023

What Is A Hero Call In Poker

A hero call in poker refers to a situation in which a player makes a difficult call with a relatively weak hand because they believe their opponent is bluffing.

Hero calling is a high-risk move that requires experience, great judgment, instincts, and a thorough understanding of your opponent's playing style and tendencies.

While making a great hero call can boost confidence and completely shift game dynamics in your favor, it can also lead to significant losses in situations in which you are wrong. 

For this reason, it is important to learn to be cautious and make only a hero call when you are reasonably certain your opponent is bluffing based on your reads and hand dynamics. Also, having blockers significantly increases your chances of successfully bluff caching.

Poker Hero Call Example:

Let’s say that you are playing in a Texas Hold’em tournament and holding 8s 8d on a bubble, your opponent makes an open raise, and you call

  • The flop comes Ts, 7d, 2c, your opponent makes a  ½ c-bet on the flop, and you make a call.
  • The turn is an Ac, your opponent makes another ½ bet on the turn, and you float again based on MDF theory.
  • The river is a 5s, and your opponent goes all in, and you decide to call. 

Your opponent shows Kc Qc for a missed straight and flush draw, and you win the pot with your pair of eights.

This call would be characterized as a hero call because you made the call with a relatively weak hand (3rd pair) in a situation where your opponent was representing a very strong poker hand.

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