Some Bluffing Advice and 7,2
First off,,,,Forget the 7,2.....Never play this Hand. The odds
of a 7 or 2 hitting are the same as any pther cards. But they are weak cards and will be beat by anyone who pairs one of their playable cards.
7,2 has no Straight Possibilities.....All Playable hands do.
7,2 suited could catch a flush but won't beat anyone else who catches a flush because no one plays either cards.
- You need 2 of these things to Bluff
1) Outs - Always have outs on your Bluffs incase you are called. (Straight Draw, Flush Draw)
2) Weakness - A sign of Weakness from your opponent. If you beleave he is weak, take down the pot right than.
3) A bad card to hit the board. Say you are on a straight draw with j,10. Flop is Q,9,5. Your opponent fires at you and you have called and have a nice size pot now. He probably has A,Q or K,Q. Top pair with a strong kicker and a hand that majority would play and bet with. Now the turn comes 9 pairing the Board. Now is the time to Bluff. Most likely the 9 didn't help him. The odds are against it actualy. He wouldn't of attacked with 2nd pair.
Side Note on Bluffing - Before you Bluff, ask yourself this question. Am I Ready to fire 3 Bullets? I read where one guy will bluff and if he is called he will back off. That is a Big Mistake and realy isn't a Bluff but more of a Donation to the Pot Strategy. Bluffs on the Flop will get called a good number of times. So Fire again on the Turn. If he just calls than be ready to fire a 3rd time on the river. That 3rd Bullet has to be a strong one.
One last thing on Bluffing. Make it worth the risk. Don't Bluff at small Pots. If you are called down and beat, you lose a lot but if you with you only win a small pot. Go after the BIG Pots.
I don't like the Sklansky thing of picking a hand and always Bluffing with it. Players pick up on it and will have you on a hand. Also you don't know the situation is right. Bluffing has to be done at the right time and be beleavable.