Originally Posted by tdude
I do not think a bluff like this would be worth it in a cash game. If you call his raise, you are calling with nothing. I guess that could set you up for a bluff, but that is not bluffing. If you have nothing you should not just call. If you want to try to bluff him, do not call his his raise so you can raise later. Either raise big or fold.
Let's say you are a weak player who never varies his play. You have a draw on the flop. On the flop you will call any C-Bet because you are getting implied odds
. You make your straight. Since you are out of position on the aggressor, you check your hand. He bets again, you raise, hoping he'll call. He folds.
Now, let's say you are a savvy player who is playing low suited connectors against a tight opponent out of position because if you hit you think you can stack him. You whiff on the flop. But you've shown down hands with low suited connectors with him before, he knows it's not out of your range to call a raise out of position. The flop comes and he fails to improve. He hopes his AK is best, but has no draws other than a pair. You call. A potential straight card comes. It helps you none, but you know it's a scare card for your opponent, as it could have paired you (dropping him to five outs), or made a hand he's drawing dead to. You check. He bets again, hoping you'll fold, knowing if you call he's beat, and if you raise he's beat. You raise, hoping he'll fold. He folds.
Now, of these two examples, one player is bluffing and the other one is made. They both play the hand the exact same way, against the same opponent with the same hand. All this example illustrates is that table image and balls can win a pot, especially when your opponent doesn't have anything.