Well, apparently some
of you actually understood last week's article.
Common sense, wasn't it... Well here's a
few swerve balls...
Again, it may be common
sense but you can also use your position
to bluff. Personally, when playing live,
I only bluff if I think I can pick up some
sort of tell as well. Maybe a quick check,
a sigh, a look of disgust as an ace hits
the flop. This isn't quite so easy to spot
while playing on the internet against an
opponent 4,000 miles away. Apparently there
are books available on internet tells nowadays,
but I'm a little sceptical myself. I haven't
read them myself but maybe I should.
Ok let's assume that you
have progressed and the game is 2$/$4 Limit
Hold'em. Everyone passes to you on the blind.
You raise your pair of 8s because there
are only 2 hands behind you. But the small
blind re-raises and you should call. The
flop comes A K 2 off suit. The small blind
checks. Well either he is playing sneaky
or maybe he raised you with a pair of 9s,
10s, Js, Qs, or even a smaller pair than
yours in the first place, or he is a suited
connectors raiser. In all these cases he
has assumed you called him with an Ace.
So make a bet. You might win a $13 pot with
a $2 bluff. If he raises, give it up. The
clever git trap checked you, he's probably
got AK or AQ and you lost an extra $2 in
the pot. If he smooth calls then maybe he's
got it maybe he hasn't, and maybe you hit
an 8 on Fourth Street . If he checks again,
well you have to make a judgement on how
sneaky he is. If he's an honest Joe, make
another bet. You may pick up a $17 pot for
a $4 bluff...
Ok, although the moral of today's story is that you can use your position to bluff, I must unfortunately add a warning... most bluffers get carried away, do it too much and lose in the long run. So don't get carried away. Patience is probably the most important Poker virtue. I just wish I had some!
Oh and for those of you who were a little worried about my fridge being empty, fortunately my luck improved in February. The European Omaha Championship was held in Paris , and the deck hit me in the face for 2 days. I outlasted some of the world's best Omaha players like Rob Hollink ( Holland ) and Robert Williamson (USA) to pick up a cool 71,000 euros. Unbelievably, the following week I was second to fellow Stokie, Paul Maxfield, in the main Hold'em event and collected another 41,000 euros. And Sian got to see Peter Pan 5 times !
See you next week folks,