This time I show three different hands where you can see how you can use bluffing as a powerful tool in your arsenal. All the hands take place on full ring tables with blinds of 0.50$/1$. This session is important because bluffing will not only win you the current hand and money but will also show the other players: they should respect you more and not try to steal your blinds all the time. Many internet poker players overvalue the importance of the blinds in full ring games and lose a lot of money because of making a bad preflop call. Do not be one of them!
The playing of the blind game in the คาสิโนออนไลน์ is providing a lot of benefits to the players. You can defeat the opponent with ease without any problem. The shuffling of the cards is also a great choice available to the people. There is meeting of the needs and requirements of the players.
In the first hand you are dealt ♥A♣T in the big blind. It gets folded to the cutoff player who bets $3. If your hand were an ace with a mediocre kicker like 2 or 7 then you should fold. Why fold? The explanation is very easy. When you call with A5 and an ace comes on the flop what do you do? If your opponent has an ace probably he also has a better kicker, he bets and you have no idea what to do. Your actual ♥A♣T is already a lot better than most of the other aces. You have to also consider that the bet came from a late position player and most of these bets only try to steal the pots. Your opponent might have air or any ace with a smaller kicker, maybe a high and a low card or two high cards. You can try to take the pot right now with a raise or play a small pot and wait to see the flop and decide then what your next step is.
You call in this case and make the pot $7.50. The flop comes: ♣K♥K♦5. This is a perfect flop to do a check-raise and see if your opponent had something or just wanted to take down the pot on the flop. Most likely he does not have a K in his hand. Also it seems like he does not have a pocket pair meaning that your ace high hand is still the stronger hand. You can make a check-raise and find out where you stand. You check and your opponent bets $4.50 as expected. It is a quite weak continuation bet from his side to take the pot. You raise to $11 and your opponent folds. Standard play. This was the most likely outcome based on the given action.
The next hand is similar. You are dealt ♥3♣3 on the BB. A player in middle position bets $3 and it gets folded to you. I really doubt that your opponent has a better hand than you however he has position on you and if a 3 comes on the flop maybe you can build a nice pot. You call and make the pot $7.50. The flop is the following: ♦7♠J♦T. This case is a bit more complicated than the first one because your opponent could have played with a T, J or diamonds in his hand, or a KQ for a straight draw, or 89 to have already a straight.
The scary board has also its advantages: with a reraise you can make your opponent fold any kind of hand that has not hit but is better than yours (for example: 44, 55, K7 or even AT). You can check and see what comes from the original bettor. He bets $3. I have only one reaction to this: thank you! He basically told you the following message with this very small bet: “I am really weak but I would take this pot down right here for cheap.” You raise to $8 and your opponent folds. Standard play again. Actually there is still a difference in the two examples. If in the first case my opponent would have called the bet on the flop, it would have been a good decision to shoot another barrel on the turn. In the second case after calling me on the flop I would be done with the hand and hope to hit a 3 or to have a showdown on the river.
The third and last example is the opposite of the two first. You are sitting on the Button and your are dealt: ♣K♥Q. It gets folded to you. Now you have two high cards and until this point no one has shown any interest in this hand. You can try to take it down now or if called you still have decent cards in your hand. You bet $3, the SB calls and the BB folds. The pot is $8 and the flop comes: ♣A♥8♣T and your opponent checks. Wow, not your dream flop but there are many different possibilities. You were the preflop bettor and with a continuation bet (c-bet) you can represent an A here. If it works then you are happy to take down the pot. If it does not then we will see what comes. A Q or K could make the best hand for you or a J would make the nut straight. You bet $4 and surprisingly your opponent calls making the pot to $16. The turn is the ♦T. The small blind checks. It is hard to decide if it was a good card or not for you. If your opponent had an ace he would most likely not fold anymore and if he had a T then you can expect a raise from him. However if he played for a clubs flush draw or some kind of a straight draw (79, J9, JQ) then you could assume that he would fold on the next bet on such a scary board. You bet $10 and your opponent calls so the pot is $36. The river card is the ♣7. Your opponent checks.
You have to realize that you cannot win all the pots in poker. In this case you have to minimize your loss. The turn call was surprising; maybe the small blind has a monster and plans to check-raise. Therefore there is no reason to bet. Also if he had played a J9 he would have hit his straight and there is a good possibility that he had two clubs for a flush draw. It is important to see that a bet brings here nothing. There is no hand that will be worse than yours and will make the call. However there are many hands better than yours and they will all call or raise you. Better to check and take your loss. You check and you do not believe your eyes, you collect the pot with A high K kicker!
This is a present that can only happen in small stake poker. I was so surprised after the showdown that I checked right away what my opponent had: ♠J♦Q. That is eventually the only possible holding that you could have beaten. However he still made some mistakes. The preflop call is okay with two high cards. The flop call is also okay, but he could have also raised me with a double gutter straight draw (having the straight with either 9 or K). The turn play I do not like at all. He could have already been dead and he still made the call. If he decides to play then it is a check-raise but not a call! The same is true for the river. He should have realized he cannot win but on a scary board he has a good chance to steal the pot. Instead of these options he checked and gave me a $36 present pot. To get such presents you have to play poker for low stakes or on stakes where you feel yourself comfortable.
You have to realize that you do not try to battle for your blinds with garbage. You could someties try to steal the pot with a trash hand but it is better if your hand had some value (pocket pair, two high cards, an ace, suited connectors etc.). And sometimes you get free poker money to your bankroll as the last example showed.