Bluffing Tips
 
A bluff is a bet or raise with a hand you do not think is the best hand. With more cards to come, you should generally restrict yourself to semi-bluffs with hands that may become the best hand.

When deciding whether to make a pure bluff, you estimate whether your chances of getting away with it are better than the pot odds you are getting. However, if there are more cards to come and you plan to continue to bluff, you must take into account your effective odds.

On the end you should usually bluff with a busted hand when you think your opponent is weak. Against a tough player, the bluff tends to work more often in first position. However, if you have
a hand with some value, don't bet when you are first so that you can snap off your opponent's bluffs. If you are in second position and your opponent checks, show down these same hands since they have little chance of winning if you bet and get called.

The odds against a bluff s working increase almost geometrically with each extra person in a pot. Therefore, it is rarely correct to try to bluff out two or more players, especially on the end.

When to bluff and when to bet a fair hand for value is a difficult problem of judgment and experience. In general, if you do not think you could get away with a bluff, you should bet your fair hands for value; if a fair hand cannot be a profitable bet, then a bluff should be.

Bluffs are another tool of the well-rounded online poker games player. In my opinion, they should show a long-run profit the same as any other online poker games play. Even if you get caught only occasionally, you can still expect to get paid off when you do have a hand.

For semi bluff we'll summarize this somewhat lenghy on this point by point

1.
A semi-bluff is a bet, raise, or check-raise with a wide variety of hands which you believe are not the best at the moment. However, they may win not only right there when your opponent folds but also in a showdown when they improve to the best hand. They may also win when your opponent folds on a later round after you catch a scare card that makes your hand look like the best hand
2.
A semi-bluff may be used in any games, but it may be used only with more cards to come.
3.
Sometimes a hand with which you think you are semi-bluffing is in fact the best hand. By betting, you prevent a worse hand from getting a free card.
4.
If you have a hand that warrants a call when your opponent bets, it is usually correct to bet yourself, particularly in first position. You thereby gain the chance of winning the pot
immediately, and you show more strength than you actually have, which can be to your advantage later.
5.
Semi-bluffs allow you to be the bettor instead of the caller, which nearly always puts you in a more advantageous position.
6.
Semi-bluffs are a good way to randomize your bluffs, for you have the added equity of a possible win even when you are called.
7.
A semi-bluff can frequently be a profitable play in situations where a pure bluff is not. Your extra out of outdrawing your opponent can swing your mathematical expectation from the minus to the plus side.
8.
.You usually do not semi-bluff when you are sure your opponent will call. However, if there is
opposability that
opponent will fold, you should bet - or raise - with a semi-bluffing hand, especially as the pot gets larger.
9.
It is usually better to make a semi-bluff bet when you are first to act; when you are last, you have
the opportunity of giving yourself a free card, and you may not want to risk the chance of an
opponent check-raising you.

Overplaying Overcards

 
Daniel Nergeaua, a well-known tournament player, likes to think of the play of a hand as having a "flow"-a smooth transition from one step to the next, from one bet to the next. Looking for a flow in my play of this hand, you should be able to see a "jerkiness" to the flow. Call a raise, then bet. Call a raise, then bet. Passive, aggressive, passive again. This isn't a sequence that "flows" to a poker player. There is no simple beauty to the pattern. This lack of flow suggests I made mistakes in the play of the hand.

I might have made a mistake on the flop in not reraising. Some people think this, and the lack of flow to the action suggests it. But I think that lack of flow helped establish a deception. It served to confuse the opponent.
If he had a 4 or pocket 7s, I wanted him to think I had overcards. There was a large range of hands he could have had. Much more than just either overcards or an overpair to my 10s. His range of possible hands was larger than that. His unlikely hands (because of the preflop limp) were QQ KK AA AQ AK. The list would be too long to list the possible candidates. But I agree my play was way too jerky. I often play jerky like that. When I have a hand that I think is best, but might be drawing thin, I'll often just call a raise on the flop when an opponent could be betting a draw and then bet out on the turn. I don't three bet the flop because I don't want to go four bets with the hand, but I bet the turn because I don't want to give a free card. I don't always do that, but sometimes.
 
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