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• Semi-bluffing into a certain raise: This is propensity of some players who plays too tight without adjusting to different changing rivals, conditions and situations. For instance a player is in the big blind holding a hand like

A tight aggressive player raises under the gun. Another aggressive player with fairly tight starting standards calls in a middle position, as does an average player on the button. The player having the big blind decides to call.

The flop comes:

You will often see the player in the blind betting with a flush draw. As in No.2 two above, he ignores the fact that in order for the bet to be right there must have some good chance that everyone will fold to his bet. At this point, there is not only little chance that all three rivals will fold, but there is also strong chance the bettor will be raised by one of the aggressive players, knocking out one or two players who may otherwise play off his flush if he hits it on a next round. Anyway, the flop contains the kinds of cards, the tight, aggressive player would raise with in an early position.

They are also cards with which other tight players would likely call a raise cold (though such a player would more frequent re-raise ). Furthermore, there are not enough rivals to bet based on the multi-way action you hope to get for your draw. A bettor will finish up heads-up having to call a raise. By betting he is contributing more money as an underdog.

The poker basics reason players who should know better make this mistake is that it does not feel very expensive. He might sometime win the pot irrespective of the bad play. But while he is still at the flop he does not feel punished for the mistake because he knows he has some chance to draw out, and so has an easy call of the raise. If you play mathematically, however, you will see that the cost to you for making this imprudent semi-bluff reduces your hourly rate.

Such kind of plays can also be correct against a different kind of rivals. If you are against a rival who is very "weak tight" then it may be the right move. It means if your rival is improbable to semi-bluff raise and will willingly lay down a hand when he does not relate to the flop, then the benefits of semi-bluffing yourself has increased. With against such a player, you may get a free card if you check and he has missed the flop. (You can semi-bluff the subsequent round.) You should consider this before deciding what to do.

To try with garbage hands, to steal the blinds of skilled, aggressive players, or average, adamant callers: When good players make this mistake it is a result of wrong judgment. They miscalculate either the long run profit to be made from trying to steal a tight, but skilled player's blind or the advantage they have over the average, adamant caller, irrespective of their weak hand.

When you try to steal an expert player's blind you will find that you win more often than you do against weak players. This is because weak players save their blinds too generously. The question to be asked by you is whether, over many steal attempts with weak hands like


you have a positive expectation (meaning you will profit) against the expert players. The problem you might face is that the time when the expert poker play does defend will cost you more than the blinds you steal from him. When he defends, his hand would be better than yours he may make some mistakes and may draw you out. If this is the case, then trying to steal his blinds with average hands will cost more money. Some good players will not think about this very often.

When you attempt to steal the blinds of an average player, with a very weak hand who almost always defend the case would be different. The problem is that unless he plays poorly after the flop, such that your advantage on him is then marked, you are lowering your entire expectation by making two bets in your below average starting hands. You would better off limp with some of the weak hands than you strongly play against him. When you deal in adamant small blinds who will call frequently you need to increase your starting requirements and raise much less. By consistently raising the blinds of such players you minimize your own profits. Remember that by demonstrating to such players that you are fully unselective in your steal attempts you support their conviction to defend each time. If you are little bit selective, they may decide to defend less, the consequence you prefer with most of the weaker blind stealing many hands.

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