Holdem FAQ: Bluffing

1. When should you bluff while playing a hand?
You should bluff when you think that the size of the pot, compared to the estimated probability that your rival will fold, is large enough to make this play profitable (in terms of long term expectation).

2. Why should you occasionally bluff if the odds don't seem to justify it?
This makes it difficult for your rival to read your hands in the future.

3. Give an example of fifth-street bluff?
You have only rival remaining, you are trying for a straight and the third suited card appears on the board. Against a player who is capable of folding you should try for a bluff.

4. Give another example of fourth street bluff?
You are in a last position and everyone has checked on both the flop and the fourth street.

5. If the top card on board pairs on fourth street, what does this mean if you bet the flop and weren't raised?
This is a good situation to bet again.

6. Give an example of good bluffing opportunity on the flop?
In a short-handed pot, when no one has shown strength before the flop, if you are in an early position and the flop is either ace high or king high with no flush or straight draws, a bet should steal it enough to be profitable.

7. What is a specific example?
Flops like K83 are best example for this type of bluff.

8. If all the cards are out and your hand can only beat a bluff, what does your decision to call depend on?
It depends on your pot odds and on your judgment concerning the chance that your rival is bluffing.

9. What if your hand can beat some of the hands he would bet for value and also for bluffs?
You do not need as big a price.

Persuading Bluffs

1. What are you trying to do when you persuade a bluff?
You are trying to manipulate rival into betting a hand that he had no intention of betting.

2. When does making what seem to be an irrational check work best?
It works best when you are against an aggressive player.

3. Give an example?
You have either AA or KK and raise in last position. The flop comes with the medium or small pair. It is checked to you, you bet and a tough player calls. The correct play on fourth street is to check often behind your rival if he checks again.

4. Give similar example?
You have AA or KK and the top card on the board pairs on the turn.

5. What factors should be met before persuading a bluff?
A. A small number of rivals, if possible just one.
B. You have to be against a player who is capable of bluffing but also capable enough to fold if you bet.
C. Giving a free card to your rival is not dangerous if his hand is worse than yours.

6. Give another example?
You have A4 and raise from the last position. You are re-raised by the player in the big blind and the flop is AK3. Your rival bets and you call. On fourth street, a blank hits and your rival checks. You should also check with the purpose of betting or calling on the river.

7. Give the third example?
You are in the late position against many rivals. A fourth suited card hits on the turn, you have the king of that suit, and everyone has checked to you. Checking would be the correct play.

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