Originally Posted by light65536
What I'm trying to do is setup with the small raise say a 5 cent raise a post-flop steal AND also conceal the strength of my hand.
1) You can't steal from these guys, because they don't fold. Just look at what players are calling with in the hand history.
2) Conceal? They call with anything, and they obviously don't care how strong your hand is!
3) Your hand value decreases exponentially with the number of players in the pot, so by keeping others in, you are decreasing your chances of winning.
Your raises should be for *value*. The 2$ NL games on Ultimatebet that I played in were a little different than the ones on stars. Many players there had just won a dollar in freerolls
, and were scared of losing it. So bluffing and putting pressure on them worked. But even then, I was raising *bigger*, and pushing them off hands with just brute force. Not messing around with cute little micro bets.
Stars and other sites (like Carbon) have a much different atmosphere. Bluffing is almost worthless, and the tables are very loose.
I know that bluffing is cool and glamorous, and you think you're being strategic with your raises. But you're just not paying attention to what your opponents are doing.
In poker, we make money when our opponents make mistakes. We make more money when they make big mistakes. So what mistake is our opponent more likely to make? Are they more likely to call too loose & light, or are they more likely to fold the best hand?
So yeah, here's my challange to you. If you wanna be strategic playing poker, then work on finding more situations to valuebet. These players are calling you down very light, so if you can find a lot of places to value-bet where you usually wouldn't, you will improve your profitability a lot.