The Game Of Texas Hold’Em

Texas Hold’Em in a Cardroom

Texas Hold’Em Online

Winning poker

Tactics

Strategies

Putting It all together

Psychological Considerations

Where to go from here

Places to Play

Appendix I Hold’Em poker Variations

Appendix II Poker Tournaments

PURE BLUFFING:

  Betting heavily with a garbage hand all the way to the river has rarely worked in poker. To get away with a pure bluff, you would have needed to establish yourself as a tight-aggressivepoker player and played opponents who, having observed that, had respected your bets. Even then, pure bluffing wouldn’t have worked against someone with the nuts. Of course, one reason for bluffing would have been to get caught occasionally, which would have deceived the opponents into calling your future bets on strong hands. However, in low-limit Hold’em poker games, which have been mostly populated by loose-passive poker players, you would have had callers whether you had bluffed or not.


  That would have made excessive use of bluffing costly since you would have lost when you had bluffed, and it would not have been necessary to deceive people since your strong hands would have been called anyway.  Even without pure bluffing, there have been many ways to practice deception. You should consider these scenarios.

  Scenario 9:

  You had been holding an ace of clubs and nine of clubs in a late position and the flop was a queen of clubs, queen of hearts and ten of clubs. There had been an early position bet, three had called and you had raised. Everyone after you had folded except the poker players already in the hand, who had called the raise. The turn card was an ace of diamonds, everyone had checked to you and you had checked. The river car was an eight completing your flush. Everyone had checked again, you had bet and there had been one caller the poker player who had first bet who had been holding the king of hearts and queen of diamonds.Your flush had beaten the trip queens. Your raise had been a semi-bluff since your hand had not been the best but had a good   chance of improving.

  The raise had done several things. It had bought a free card since the poker player with the best poker hand after the flop (trip queens), had feared your raise, and had never bet them again. By inducing your opponents to check, you had seen the river card for free. Since bets had doubled after the turn card (a significant saving).  Your raise had also provided information. Your opponent could have flopped a full house and you could have been drawing dead that is, even if you had hit the flush, you would have still lost. Not re-raising, and checking to you later on, had been a signal that your opponent had not had a full house or four of a kind.

  Scenario 10:

  You had been holding the king of clubs and queen of diamonds in mid-position. The flop was the jack of clubs; ten of hearts and the seven of spades, and the action had been  checked to you. With an open-ended straight draw, but nothing else, you had bet. The next poker player had raised, one other poker player had called the raise, everyone else had held, and you had called the raise. The turn card was nine of spades, having given you the nut straight. It was your turn but you had checked, having feigned fear over the raise and the straight possibility of the board.

  The player who had raised previously had bet and straight possibility on the board. The poker player who had raised previously had bet and was called by the remaining poker player and then yourself. The river card was a three of clubs, having given you the nuts.  You had checked again; there was a bet, the other poker player had folded, then you had raised. Your opponent, the original raiser, who had held the jack of hearts and jack of clubs, felt obliged to call. Your deceptive play in this hand had won a great deal of money.

  Had you checked your straight draw, and had bet when the straight possibility had appeared on the board, your opponent with the trip jacks would have been more careful at the end.By doing the reverse, you had trained your opponent to bet for you and had been able to execute a successful check-raise on the end. Your opponents would also have been wary in the future and not automatically taken a check as a sign of weakness.

  It was usually a bad play to have checked with the nuts on the river, but this play had worked because your opponent had had a strong hand (as indicated by the raise) and you had deceived him into believing it to be the best hand. When playing Hold’em poker, it had not been correct to always play drawing hands in a deceptive manner.

  Often you would have checked when drawing, and had bet when you had hit the draw. However, these have been ways to vary your play, and kept opponents off balance. Making intentionally misleading plays did assume your opponents were skilled and had thought about their actions. Opponents who hadn’t thought could not have been deceived. Against opponents who had called no matter what, you shouldn’t have made fancy deceptive plays they wouldn’t have noticed.

  When your opponents had called all the time the only way to win would have been to have the best gambling cards at the end.