Originally Posted by Egon Towst
Being serious now, my favourite is the re-steal.
When everyone folds to the button, you`ll often see the last guy hesitate and then put in a standard raise of 3 BBs or so. Usually means he hasn`t got a strong hand but figures he might as well take the chance to steal.
If I`m in the blinds and I`ve got anything with half a chance of making a hand, (say any Ace, any King, couple of connectors, anything with a few outs), I figure I`m going to be no worse than him, and I`ll treble his bet.
Almost always takes it right there, and it certainly puts them off trying to steal your blind.
Totally agree, and this I think is a bluff which is more based on the weakness of your opponents hand than representing the strength of yours. He thinks, "damn I've been caught" and folds not really considering the likely strength of your hand.
Originally Posted by OneMoreBust
if you have a nut draw, but nothing, you can bet at the pot to get them to fold, and if they call and you hit, you have shown aggression before making your hand, so they are less likely to think you hit... helps to have a pair as well
Here it's a case of representing the strength of your own hand (possibly also based on table image) as greater than it actually is and trying to pressure them to fold on that basis. The perceived strength of your hand is the most important factor in the success of the bluff.
The two factors are definately combine in many cases, but I think usually the bluff is based on one more than the other whether it be a bluff, semi-bluff, steal, resteal or whatever.