re: Poker & Nice Bluffing Mr.!!
Originally Posted by Bernard Pugi
Of course all poker players do bluffing. I do also but not all the time because it's not that appropriate. What if it turns into a bad bluff?
Bad bluff = a bluff with a negative expected value
Good bluff = a bluff with a positive expected value
Bluffing only works when a player is smart enough to figure out that he is likely beat and that doesn't have the odds
to call. He also needs the self control to fold (no tilt) and a large enough chip stack (in tournaments) to fold without being crippled.
So basically, in micro stakes and freerolls, people don't have the skills/experience to determine that an under-the-gun raise from a tight player probably means that their pocket A/3 is beat on an A/K/2 flop and, they'll call you all the way down.
Or when five people limp in during a micro tournament, and you make a big bet to take the pot with your Q/J, expect callers. In fact, if you shove one of the dorks who thought it was a good idea to limp in with 9/9 will figure that it's a good time for a coin flip and call.
So basically what it comes down to is that a good bluff bluff is player and situation specific.
In micros, I only bluff if I have witnessed that a player can make good fold.
In any tournament I never bluff a tiny-stack as they are desperate and apt to call with anything.