One of my strengths is my ability to bluff...
But, no recklace bluffing that can hurt me, i make small bluffs aswell as big bluffs but MOSTLY small bluffs..
It is what gets me very far in a tournament, i play tight, but when i do go into a hand, i rarely go out without chips, whether it takes a bluff or a trap or whatever.
Here are a few examples of good ways to get pots.. small pots that is, these small pots all accumalate into big pots!
In position i.e BB, SB or right behind sb i.e last to play excluding blinds, heres something to try...
If everyone limps in /folds and you are in one of those positions, act as if you are looking at your cards, but dont look at them..
Then raise the pot to 3 /4 times the big blind.. if you get a caller thats great, if not theres your first small pot...
Now if someone called, they are on a marginal hand, or are a complete donkey, because anyone that had a strong hand in that position would reraise you unless they are slow playing a monster...
One the flop comes, and its your turn to act, fire out another bet, without looking at your cards, make sure the bet is pot sized (u still havent looked at your cards)
I find atleast 30 percent of the time this is where i take the pot down, if you get reraised or called, nows a time to look at your hand and see what you have and then start playing your actual cards..
This strategy alone, in position can get you a nice amount of chips over time..
Keep in mind you also need to know who you are playing against, is it an aggressive player or a weak or tight player... these all help ofcourse.
(1 last thing i care to share is what i did last week and the reason i wrote this article, i was small blind and extremely short stacked (around 8 times bb) and BB was chip leader with around 25 times the big blind, i looked down and did not look at my cards, but, i knew that BB was a tight aggressive player, so i fired out 4 x raise he opted to fold then decided to call) flop came A K K, action was on me, i raised to pot size and he folded, i looked at my cards before mucking and had 2 - 5 offsuite, if i had looked at my cards, i probably would have folded pre flop and would certainely not have raised with that flop)