Going all-in in Texas Holdem is always one of the most risky decisions to make. This is simply because you are out of the game/tournament if someone else has a better hand.

People who play poker online tend to abuse the power of the All-In move. Either they take it too lightly, or they simply think they can always bully other people into folding.

That’s why I think that this is one of the most important online poker tips.

When you should go all-in
The first rule of going all-in is this: only go all-in before the flop if you don’t have many other options left. I would venture to say that this would be when you are left with about 3 to 4 big blinds in chips. At this point of any poker tournament you are playing, you want to have enough chips left to make other players fold mediocre starting hands that could otherwise beat you.

Folding out until you only have 2 big blinds left will get you into trouble because you will most likely have to beat at least two other players. Unless you have a string of terrible starting hands (I’m thinking no better than 9-5 offsuit), you should be able to go all-in and make it a 50/50 showdown with a 3x big blind raise.

The best situation to try this is when no one else has called the big blind before you. The closer to the dealer you are, the better. If you only steal the blinds, then you are doing your job as a poker player to give yourself time and more hands to play.

This scenario gives you the best chance to give yourself enough chips in order to see more hands and wait for the right time to make your move.

Other scenarios to go all-in

There are very few times where you should be going all-in before the flop with pocket aces. That’s not to say you don’t raise with aces because you will certainly only want 2 opponents at most when playing with aces. The exception to this rule is when someone else has a significant raise, think 4x the big blind or higher. Only do this if you are risking more than half your overall chips to re-raise the player.

Letting this person go to flop with a call can be dangerous as you may be setting yourself up for an early exit. Two pairs, flushes and straights are not that uncommon for you to have your aces cracked.

A post-flop scenario for going all-in in Texas Hold’em is when you are unable to afford a loss, hence making yourself extremely short stacked. Simple rule is that you don’t start betting all of your chips if you aren’t sure you are going to win the hand. Going all-in in these situations will give your opponent pause and stop them from completing their hand on the turn/river.