My Biggest Bluff
Here is one of the biggest bluffs i had ever pulled off in my life. I recieved mixed reactions from the table; some said it was brilliant and well played, others said that i was crazy and wild, and the guy i bluffed got a bit steamed. Heres what happened:
I was playing in a $100. NL Hold 'Em at a casino. I had been playing for a few hours now, had a good read on the players and their styles, had managed to build my stack up to just a little uner $300. I had also been playing very tight and conservative, but at the same time really trusting my reads and instincts when it came to going up against other players and the table really picked up that i played tight and didnt get too involved in pots unless i had a strong hand. Sitting across from me was another tight and conservative player and we never really got to involved in a pot together. I had been keeping an eye on this other tight player and watched how he played big pocket pairs (how muched he raised preflop, how he played the flop) and it was a bit predictable: the bigger the PFR the stronger the hand.
In one hand he was in early position and raised it $12.00 to go. it gets folded to me and im holding JJ. He had not bet $12.00 at all that night before so i didnt believe he was holding that good of a hand. Thinking back at previous hands he had raised it $25.00 to go with QQ, so i knew he didnt have a big pocket pair. so i decided that i had a better hand. i reraised him $20 over his bet, it gets folded to him and he just calls.
The flop comes out A(h), K(s), 5(h). He bets out $20.00 and it seemed a bit weak to me. i knew he didnt have the A, but the K was a bit scary. I started thinking he couldve raised with KJ or KQ maybe, but i decided to play the A and i reraised him $40.00 more and he just calls again.
The turn card is a 10(h)...yikes the flush draw card hit, but i couldnt let it scare me. He studies the board, looks at me, and then checks. i bet out $40.00. He studies some more, looks at me, looks back at the board, and then he starts counting out his chips. He counts out my $40.00 i bet and begins to stack the rest of his chips. He looks at me again and i say "i have a little under $200. left." he says "Excuse me?" I say "i have a bit under $200. left if you plan on reraising me, you might as well push all in right now." He thinks for a bit, then just calls my bet.
The river is a 3(c), he checks and i push all in it. He shakes his hand, looks at his cards, studies the board, and then he mucks his cards face up, showing a KQ. I started to lay my hand face down, but the table asked to see since it was such an intense hand that was played. so i flipped over my JJ, smiled, shook a couple of hands and stacked my chips.