Bluffs show at poker?

The bluff, one of the most popular moves in poker. Especially when you watch the many transmissions on TV, you often see that professional players bluff the whole world and thus expose the other. But does it make sense to show a bluff at all and when should one do this?

In tournaments, showing bluffs is a very interesting thing. The players show the audience the bluff and show how clever they were and how they led their opponent by the nose. Often, however, showing such bluffs in front of the camera is just pure arrogance and brings no benefits to the rest of the gameplay.

Consider for yourself: What advantage does the successful bluff bring to the whole audience? Through such actions the opponent will memorize and apply a more aggressive game against you. In poker, there is absolutely no advantage in making the opponent down unnecessarily. He will take revenge on you in another situation.

Also, keep in mind that the audience saw the successful bluff through the pocket cameras anyway and what do you expect when the opponent now knows it? He really just gets more aggressive and will try to take revenge in another situation.

But sometimes it’s just like that: In a big poker tournament, you can often see bluffs appearing frequently in the later stages. The goal is to make the opponents more aggressive and thus pursue the goal that the opponent feels so humiliated that he performs ill-considered actions and quickly flies out of the tournament.

This tactic is based on the psychological level and should not be included in the standard repertoire. It may be that this tactic works at one or the other tournament, but even here, the revenge will come eventually and you will be even in the position of the opponent.

Bluff are generally not recommended to show! By giving the bluff to the opponent, you reveal information about yourself and your style of play. Of course this is not done consciously, but a good player can use this information and possibly apply it on your next bluff.

Therefore, you should always be careful when trying to show bluffs. Let it be better and keep your joy for yourself without artificially upsetting the other.

At cash games, bluffs are not recommended at all. You should always play with caution in cash games and try no bluffs. There are usually players of different strength at the table and one will call your bet with high probability. If your bluff attempt flies you have lost a lot of money at first and on the other hand the table image is not so good either.

People no longer take their stakes so seriously, thinking of the bluff attempt you made on this table a few hands before each hand. A good player can try to take advantage of this behavior of the players and thus lure them into a “trap”. However, one usually has only the money lost for the bluff back in it.

Change strategy in poker tournaments

To have a balance when playing poker is important. A friend of mine, a very good high school and college baseball pitcher once compared poker to throwing baseball. “You have to leave your opponent in the dark,” he would say. “If you play against him, you have to unbalance him, that makes a good player different from a fish”.

I think a good and a bad player makes more difference, but this quote fits well with the concept of changing strategies in poker. If someone changes his strategy in poker, he plays differently than he did recently, with the goal of knocking out his opponent. Let’s say you play in a No Limit Hold’em tournament and for some reason you have not played a hand for an hour. Now is the time to change strategy and suddenly play super aggressive. If you have played without resistance so far, your opponent will give you a good hand after suddenly playing every pot aggressively. Of course, this only works until someone notices your strategy change and wants to see your cards.

Strategy changes in poker are an art – not a science

There is a subtle but easy way to change your strategy at the poker table. If you feel you are playing best when playing tight, then you should play that image as you change strategy. No matter what you’re told, you can not take a break during a poker tournament. You should constantly collect chips to be successful in the end. In order to achieve this it is necessary to occasionally win a pot without having the best hand. Use the chips you gain with such hands and you will be much more successful in No Limit tournaments.

In order to successfully change your strategy, it is necessary to be able to assess the situation at the poker table well. A well-balanced game makes your strategy for the opponent unimaginable and is necessary to successfully switch between game styles. A player who comes to the table and plays aggressively can not yet know their tight style of play and have adapted his game accordingly. Therefore, the two most important terms in poker are – to be attentive.

Do not stop changing your strategy if you win

Once your players have figured out how to play, they are at an advantage. It does not matter how many chips you have, if you keep raising, sooner or later someone will want to see your cards and take you off the table. So you must always vary your game to bring your teammates out of balance.

This is especially important if you have a big stack, because then you have all options open. (small raise, big raise, call and, of course, fold) As your stack shrinks, so do your options and that will sooner or later lead to your retirement. Therefore, it is crucial not to be assessable, as long as you still have a stack, because if your opponents have only recognized how their strategy looks, they have much to lose. It is important that their opponents can not assess you at the poker table. Remember how weird you feel when you make a big call and are not sure of your decision. Transfer this feeling to your opponent through your style of play, or the game will take a turn that you will not like.

Pocket Jacks

Pocket Pairs that are not among the premium hands (A-A, K-K, Q-Q) are difficult to play, especially in Texas Holdem. The pocket jacks are such cards. It can be very tempting to get two picture cards before the flop. Theoretically, with the pocket jacks you have got the fifth best starting hand in Holdem and the chance of holding the best hand in the field before the flop is very high.

Nevertheless, you should exercise restraint, otherwise you could go broke in no time. Since you hold a top ten hand with J-J, you should always raise before the flop. However, you should first reconsider your position and the strength of your opponents. If you are in early position and your opponents are likely to call your raise, you should just limp with J-J. In other words, you would play J-J as a middle or small pair in that position. (In other words, you’re hoping to hit a set) If you’re on the button or in the cutoff and raise, it looks like you want to steal the blinds. If you are called then you may be in bad position with bad hands.

Do not cling tightly

It is clear that the pocket jacks, not like A-A, K-K, Q-Q, should always be raised preflop. If you raise, you want to push as many opponents out of hand as possible. If you still face four or five opponents, you have to flop a set, otherwise you should give up your hand.

If you have the pocket jacks, there is a 57% chance that you will see an overcard on the flop. (Ace, king, or lady). Flops with 10 highs usually offer the possibility of a road or similar poor options for you. All this means that after the flop you should have as few opponents as possible to succeed with the pocket jacks.

Beware of the overcard

Let’s say you raise, an opponent calls and you see an overcard on the flop. An ace or a king are even more threatening than a queen, although you do not like to see any of these cards on the flop. Now you should consider the playing style of your opponent and the type of hands with which he called your raise preflop. Do not let a flop like K-8-2 put you off a continuation bet.

However, if he pays or raises her bet, you should reconsider the value of her two boys.

Note: Beware of pocket jacks. There is a reason why the Pocket Jacks are called “Fish Hooks”. Finally, you seduce inexperienced players, so “fishs” like to play.