Article about bluffing a calling station!

If you get into a poker game with inexperienced players, you may need to adjust your style of play. Many inexperienced players have no real game strategy except to just play to the very end. And these people are called Calling Stations because they always call, almost every bet.
There is a rule in poker that you can not bluff a calling station, because no matter what you do, they will never fold. Believe it or not, that’s not always the case, but moving a calling station to fold requires incredible strength.

There are three types of calling stations and each requires its own strategy:
The first type is the “Maybe I’ll meet my hand” calling stations and they just seem to be aware of the potential hand that might hit and pay no attention to things like pot odds. They play through to the river, no matter how hopeless their draw is, they call everything. However, they fold on the river when they finally come up with absolutely nothing.

The second type are the “I do not believe you” calling stations, which are often called “sheriff”. These players already know a little bit more about the game and the value of a good hand. However, these players are preoccupied with being able to bluff them as a normal person should, and they will still call with almost any hand. For such a player, a bluff is almost a personal attack.

And then there’s the “maniac” who will bet with a pair of 2s and call with ace high. These calling stations are called maniacs because they are exactly that. They do not pay attention to the math of poker at all and focus more on the big bluffs or the great calls known from poker on TV.

The “Maybe I’ll Meet My Hand” Calling Stations are the easiest to bluff of the three types of players. In half of all cases, they have absolutely nothing and it can not hurt to let them draw against the probability rules. On the river, value betting is a good move to bluff such a player.

The “I do not believe you” bluff Calling Station It’s almost impossible to bluff against this type of player and we recommend value betting if you have a hand, because you will most likely be called. A bluff against such a type of player only works if it has called you down and lost you several times. If such a player is winning, and anything is possible in poker, there is really no sense in trying to bluff him.

Bluffing the “Maniac” Have you ever tried to talk to a person who is crazy? I do not mean a person you just call crazy, I mean really crazy. It is impossible. They just do not think like a normal person. The Maniac Calling Station may not be crazy, but give them two cards, some chips and they lose all connection to reality. This type of player will raise you all-in rather than fold your bet. These players are so unpredictable that it’s best to play straightforward against them and avoid bluffs.

Sit and Go Multi-tabling – play at multiple tables simultaneously

Online Sit and Gos Multi-tabling
If you are a Winning Sit and Go player, it is obvious that your win rate will increase if you play more than one table at a time. If you’re winning at an average of $ 10 per tournament and you are playing one tournament per hour, your expected profit is $ 10 an hour. If you play 10 tournaments per hour, your win rate shoots up to $ 100 per hour!

It will take a while for you to get used to multi-tabling, so you should not start playing 20 games at once. Instead, you should add a separate table slowly and at your own pace. It does not make sense to play 20 games if you can not concentrate and play your best game anywhere. With time and practice, you’ll get used to playing more than one table by yourself, so be patient.

How many tables should you play? Not everyone gets along with 20 tables at the same time and I would argue that the average sit and go pro would play between 4 and 10 tables at the same time.

In the online poker community, there is a lively discussion about whether it is better to multi-tabling SNGs in “sharing” or “continuously”. Continuous multitabling means that you have a constant number of tournaments open. Playing this way means you have to adapt to playing in different blind levels. If you can, you will achieve many more tournaments per hour and your hourly win rate should increase. Playing in Part means that you wait until all your tournaments are finished before you start new games. If multi-tabling is new territory for you, I would recommend that you first start playing in parts, as all blind stages in your various tournaments will be the same or at least similar. This in turn means you do not have to play too different a strategy at each table. Which style of play you choose depends entirely on you, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. Try both variants and test which variant suits you better.

If you are not convinced yet to start multi-tabling, here’s an argument. Many players say that Sit and Go multi-tabling has helped them improve their game. That makes sense, because if you play more tables, your game will also automatically tighten, as you will not be impatient and more willing to fold marginal hands preflop and be involved in fewer post-flop pots.

Good luck with sit and go multi-tabling!

Time to think about online poker

A crucial and often underestimated aspect of online poker is the reflection time.

Especially at tables with low stakes and a higher probability to hit bad players, can often be said about the watching time of individual players very much about their hand and the associated chances of winning.

A player who feels safe in his actions usually does not need much time to think and act relatively quickly.

Reason for this may be that he either knows exactly that he holds a very good or a very bad hand.

On the other hand, a long reflection time shows opponents that you are unsure what to do. How to think about this and how best to respond depends on the situation.

The following example should explain how to use this aspect in a positive way:
You are in a 1 € / 2 € No Limit Hold’em 5-player table.
They hold an ace and a 5 unsuited before the flop. You and 3 other players call.
The flop shows: A, K, 5

You now have very good chances to win this round.
A player in front of you raises to 3 €. It’s your turn and should not “call” directly, but let the time go down a bit to make your opponent feel as if you were thinking about whether a “call” is worthwhile for you. If you then call, the chance increases that the opponent will “raise” one more time after the next card because he has the feeling that he is able to “fold”.

You can now make wonderful use of this situation and trap your opponent.

Of course, the whole thing works the other way around too. If you hold a not-great-looking hand and still “raise” to steal the blinds, for example, you can assume that most opponents who call your “shaving” very quickly will also hold a good hand in hand.

There are a lot of online players, especially of course beginners, who only consciously perceive the thinking time and do not specifically play with it.

But that’s exactly the point you can take advantage of. Of course, this does not always work and not with any opponent. For this, the opponents should be studied in advance and to pay close attention to how long your opponent considers when he keeps a very good hand and how this time changes when he holds only a mediocre hand.

So, the thinking time of players in online poker should really be watched, it can be interpreted a lot, which can help your own poker game.