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Bluffs When All The Cards Are Out
When all the cards are out, you obviously can no longer semi-bluff. You have either made your hand or you haven't. So all bluffs on the end are pure bluffs. They are bets or raises that you do not expect to win if you are called.

When you are sitting there knowing you have the worst hand, knowing you cannot win by checking, knowing you cannot win by calling your opponent's bet, the only question is whether or not to try to bluff. You should not if you think the chances your opponent will call are too great in relation to the pot odds you are getting. You should if you think your opponent will fold often enough for a bluff to show a profit. If there is $100 in the pot, you should make a $20 bluff if you think your opponent will fold more than once in six times. If there is $60 in the pot, you must assume your opponent will fold more than once in four times before you try to bluff. If there is $140 in the pot, your opponent needs to fold more than once in eight times. But, of course, the larger the pot, the better pot odds your opponent is getting to call your bet and the more likely it is he will call with any kind of a fair hand.

Accurate assessment of your chances of pulling off a bluff comes, like so many advanced online poker games plays, only with experience. You must first be able to read hands. You are obviously not going to bluff out an opponent with a lock or any sort of big hand. In general, the weaker you think your opponent's hand is, the higher the chances your bluff will succeed.

Second, you must be able to read opponents. It's generally easier to bluff out a timid opponent than a loose opponent, and it's generally easier to bluff out a tough opponent than a weak one who looks for any reason to call, including the possibility that you might be bluffing. In essence, you must consider your specific opponent in each situation before deciding whether to try a bluff. Even the way in which play developed in previous hands can have a bearing on whether a bluff is now right or not.
How Can Be Effective?

You keep records, right? You log your sessions in and out, note how much you won or lost, and at what limit you played and for how long. As I've said before, individual outcomes don't matter. So you lost during this last session, or even the last five sessions in a row. Doesn't matter. All that matters is going home and recording that information faithfully and honestly, and then analyzing the information to see what you can glean. Are you playing so many hours that you become fatigued? Are you playing beyond your bankroll? Or could it be that you're playing so small that you can't take the game seriously? Should you even be playing hold'em in the first place (your seven-card stud results having been consistently superior)? Whether you can extract meaningful information from your records or not, you will prosper from the effort you make at extraction. You can't avoid it. Keeping and analyzing your records leads you naturally to a deeper, more articulate appraisal of your performance over time.

Highly effective players know the difference between review and regret. Regret is the useless ruing of adverse outcomes. If only I'd hit my flush on the river, I'd have raked a monster pot and quit winners for the day! Review is the thoughtful inspection of past play in search of alternate strategies and lessons to be learned. I three-bet pre flop with pocket jacks, and that put me in an exposed position on the flop. Perhaps I should have flat-called there, for deception if my hand looked good and for an easier escape if I had to bail.
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