re: Poker & Double Barrel bluff on 2NL?
You canít rely on bluffing
If youíre making most of your money bluffing, youíre probably in the wrong game. Sure, there are exceptions. A few players may be so easy to bluff, particularly in no-limit, that they supply the majority of your profit. Fine. But that isnít the norm. In the real world of poker, most weak and mid-level opponents have one great fault: They call too often.
Most of your profit will be made by leveraging this weakness. Strive for extra money by helping opponents exaggerate the mistake theyíre already inclined to make.
What if you try to win by bluffing, instead? Then you need to condition these weak opponents to not call so much. Youíre already making money because they donít fold, but now you need to change that. In order to turn them into bluff targets, you must move them in a direction contrary to their nature. So, first you must herd them along the spectrum until theyíre calling just the right amount of time. You canít stop there, though, or theyíll suddenly be excellent opponents, supplying no profit.
Now, you must move them even further to where they donít call often enough. There! Now, you can bluff successfully. But let me ask you a question: Doesnít that seem like a lot of effort Ė trying to change players who are already giving you their money by calling too much into bluffing targets? You usually wonít be able to accomplish that miracle, because most opponents want to call. But even if you are successful, why do it?
Yes, you can bluff occasionally in specific situations, even against opponents who usually call. But donít expect bluffing to be your main source of income. Opponents came to call. Take advantage.