Online Poker Bluffing

Anyone who names all three is a vintage A grade pocketfiver who knows his stuff. Optimal bluffing also requires that the bluffs must be performed in such a manner that opponents cannot tell when a player is bluffing or not. The purpose of optimal bluffing frequencies is to make the opponent mathematically indifferent between calling and folding. Comments horseshoe90 almost 4 years ago love it. Up-to-the-minute news, hand updates and videos from PokerListings signature live poker festival, the Battle of Malta. For example, a player in a stud poker game with four spade-suited cards showing but none among their downcards on the penultimate round might raise, hoping that his opponents believe he already has a flush.

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Also known as "small ball," these are small bets made to win small- to medium-sized pots with a high expected rate of success. There were no raises pre-flop, and no one looks at all interested in this pot. There are really only two options:. This scenario is straight forward. Chances are no one has a king, meaning they will be willing to fold. Also, the size of the pot is too small to make a hero call worthwhile.

This is a position bet, intended to finish the pot, regardless of your hand. The first player checks, followed by the second player betting three-quarters of the pot.

In this situation raising would be a semi-bluff as technically you have nothing; you're behind anyone with as little as a pair. The fact that you have a flush draw and the best overcards though means you have many legitimate ways to win this pot by showdown. Your hand does have some value, making this only a semi-bluff. Ideally your opponent will fold and you will take the pot.

But if you do get called there's the chance that you'll make the nuts on the turn. Semi-bluffs are a crucial part of poker, but be warned: Possibly the greatest stone-cold bluff ever to be caught on tape is Brad Booth's bluff against Phil Ivey in the third season of High Stakes Poker.

Brad was drawing dead to a five or a runner-runner two pair. Because his hand had almost no value whatsoever this is a textbook example of a stone-cold bluff. These are the type of bluffs you see in Hollywood movies and these are the types of bluffs people seem to think poker is made of.

In reality, it's almost never a good idea to make a bluff like this. To expect these sorts of bluffs to be profitable, you need to understand everything going on in the hand, including your opponent's thoughts and plans. It's a high-level play left only to the very best in the world. Sure, you can make these bluffs and have them work, but without being a truly high-level player, you're just rolling the dice on not getting called.

Dan Harrington describes these bluffs as "dark tunnel bluffs. You have no idea what's actually going on around you. To not suck at poker, you need to stop making stone-cold bluffs, and limit the number of quick and semi bluffs you're making. The best way for a beginner to make money at poker is by playing straight-forward, ABC poker.

The longer you play this game the more you'll come to find out that most of your poker profits comes from other players making exactly this kind of mistake.

Why be that player? Until your game advances -- and you really understand how to execute a complicated bluff -- save your money and focus on getting big value out of your big hands. You want to be the one who has it when the biggest money is on the line - not the player holding his breath and desperately trying to will someone to fold. Check out the video below for more detail!

Our Hero has been at the table for a couple of hours and has been splashing around, raising a lot, and showing down dubious hands. The player to her left calls and so does the player to the right of the Hero.

The next player, a half-senile old man, calls and so does one more. The hero again just calls, as does the old man. The lady checks as does the guy on the right of the Hero.

The lady insta-calls and the guy on the right of the Hero folds. The Hero checks behind. As you can see, about everything that could have gone wrong in that hand did.

Chances are the queens would have folded. But after the Hero ships it all in, the lady would call. You call on the button and head to the flop heads up. Your opponent checks and you check behind. You also left yourself wide open to get rocked by a straight or flush. Your opponent flopped a monster hand. Most likely he was making the same assumptions you were, that it was highly unlikely you could have flopped the straight. He puts you on an overpair, or a flush draw. By pumping the flop which ABC poker would dictate , you will create a much larger pot, and help eliminate the possibility of your opponent drawing out on you in case he does have the flush draw.

By slow-playing your hand, you kept the pot small in a scenario where you had heaps of equity, and let the board get too dangerous to value bet. Both examples show you how getting fancy and playing your hand incorrectly for the situation can end up costing you money.

The fact the old man hit a gutshot in the first example is irrelevant. Both styles of play have their useful points, but bluffing isn't something you should do unless it's functional. You absolutely must believe that nobody is going to call you. That's not as easy as it sounds, and it doesn't sound easy unless you're playing out of character all of a sudden. Personally I think bluffing is a bad idea, as you don't really know who's beating you already.

You have to assume that TAG players aren't hanging around on you. The Brad Booth bluff against Phil Ivey is here: He could have held 45 for the straight, or flopped a set. Perhaps the greatest completely naked bluff that's been televised was by Tom Dwan going all in with K with the mighty 72 off suit, and forcing Sammy to fold aces up. I play best when I play ABC poker - it makes my quick bluffs, etc much more believable..

Basically ABC poker is what I want my opponents to be playing. Itis easy to read and simple to play against. Not calling in that spot shows that Ivey was scared of Yukon's stack.. Yukon did a great job but I'm thinking the way that hand was played its gonna cost Yukon in the long run making that move as most players would have had the conviction to call.

I have no doubts some of those players at that table would have called Yukon in that spot There were three tells that if u watch the video carefully indicate that Yukon was bluffing please submit your answers.. Ivey missed 2 of them as he was most likely not paying attention.. Anyone who names all three is a vintage A grade pocketfiver who knows his stuff. I thought I was a donk but trsba your thinking here is donkalicous. Or maybe I suck worse than I thought. This is a cash game not a tournament.

Add Brooklyn to Rail Reply Quote 9. Ya its real easy to analyze the hands when you can see what the other players hole cards are donkey donk. Let me just throw in BB with KK on scary board because im sure he has 24soooooted everytime in this spot..

Add deucehigh82 to Rail Reply Quote I think people miss the point of the post here.. The point is that well ordinarily when that play is made it may not necessarily be a bluff. This was obviously a bluff and Yukon did not want a call. Obv good poker players aren't in the business of stacking off all their K with KK on a rainbow board unless they can put themselves in front. But we;ve seen a lot of poker on TV in three years and to me it just seemed like a bluff all the way..

As good as Ivey is he missed it and too scared to read the guy correctly.. Gee thats too much money I'm prolly up against a set and folded. Obv if u are playing this online u r more likely to fold as u can't see the guy's face..

I also have no doubt one of the sick types like Negreanu or Benyamine would have analysed it correctly and made a sick call. No one has got the 3 tells yet.. They will be revealed later I don't mind been riduculed here whatsover.. Donk this donk that facts remain that Ivey was scared of losing all his chips and was thinking more about that than whether or not that he had the best hand. Add supermoves to Rail Reply Quote I thought this was an obvious bluff too. Calling off your entire stack with what could very easily be the 6th best hand, not too mention all the different straight draws?

I'm not sure you could get away from this at a lot of different points in a tournament, but in a cash game, I think folding isn't that strange at all. Add Platypus22 to Rail Reply Quote Add jwerk to Rail Reply Quote Anyone can get away from a hand.. No doubt this is a hand to easily get away from Obv a missed opportunity for the great Phil Ivey that is all I didn't think it was that obvious.

Ivey probably put Yukon on a set, and even still he's not going broke with KK on that board. I'm not a fan of showing my cards, but I do not understand this play by yukon unless you are going to show, it just seems stupid and reckless otherwise. Why the Christ can I not find this Is it one of these? It was a stupid play risking too many chips for too small a reward.

Calling wasn't necessary either. That bet size was stupid and made no sense. It accomplished it's goal by confusing Ivey, but it really was a stupid bet. Good laydown and take him later in a more reasonable spot. Add betbrett to Rail Reply Quote It would have been very entertaining for Ivey to call and have an A or a 6 come on the turn. Also, not that I have all that much experience, but people play a lot of silly shit in cash games that they'd never play in a tourney. First let me say that I am not that good of a NL player.

Also, it is not my strength, so often I try to stay with my strengths. About 2 years ago the NL was quite good on UB. There were consistent fish. His style was tough though, no one knew him and when he said his name was Brad and he was from the Yukon some people thought he was Brad Berman, myself included. There were few people I would play heads up but he was one. He tried to run you over so I just bought short and ran up on him many times.

I got KK's and the board came K 8 5. He checked and I bet pot. He moved all in and I called. He had virtually no outs. All night though he had put me in these situations where he got stone cold lucky on me, he was just a wreckless player. We had probably played for 9 hours.

I never played Brad after that and it wouldn't be long before I quit NL altogether. Fast forward to now. Brad is considered one of the best poker players in the world, though people admit that he goes on tilt and tries to run games over still. To this day I have never played someone like Brad. While Brad has improved a Tiger struggles to lose its stripes. Brad likes to gamble. While I loved the play don't think runner runner spades wasn't coming.

You have to applaud Phil for laying down the best hand. Why gamble for k when you can gradually beat the snot out of a guy. Personally as I have watched the show it appears Phil is just filling a seat, probably in support of ftp but would rather not be playing.

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