Don't Fear The Bully, Part 4
WHY BUY THE COW WHEN THE MILK IS FREE?
The bully will very often do your betting for you. This can make them far easier to trap, more so than even donkeys! Slowing down before calling his bet often times trips his “bully trigger”. You want him to “do his thing” in these conditions, so let him. And, if you can afford to, try this.....
You’re in a pot with Bully-boy. You have second or third button paired, and it’s been checked down. YOU KNOW if you value bet, he will raise you, and you don’t have enough in this pot to call, so you know you will have to fold. Well, O.K., do just that; put out a min value bet. When he raises, and he will, slow down - like you are thinking about it. Then, fold, BUT SHOW HIM YOUR HAND. Let him see that he can get away with it. If it’s a stone cold bluff he will often show you, maybe even call you a sucker. LET HIM. DO NOT REPLY. Do it one more time if you can afford it. Now he thinks he knows when you are value betting a weak hand. PERFECT! Remember, Bully’s are mean; seldom are they the sharpest tack in the pack, but they always think they are. LET HIM THINK THAT.
Now, again this opportunity comes along, only you flop a strong hand, or got free cards that lead you into the nuts. DO NOT shove, he will just fold! No, now you just check it down and value bet the river with a min bet, just like last time. As expected, he raises you. HE IS NOW “SURE” OF HIMSELF, and again thinks that you only got middle or bottom pair! Again, slow down like thinking about it, and re-raise him. NOT BIG, DO NOT SHOVE OR OVER BET. DO NOT scare away the sucker! Just re-raise the minimum
amount. Amazingly, more often than not, strong hand or not, HE WILL SHOVE TO GET YOU OFF THE POT! The min re-raise looks weak to him. Now, you got him.
You can even slow-roll him after he shoves, sending him a clear message:
REMEMBER THAT LIGHT YOU SAW AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL? IT WASN'T THE END OF THE TUNNEL, SLICK, IT WAS AN ONCOMING TRAIN - ME!
I hope this helps you when you run into one of these players. I have had some real success with it. Nothing ruins a poker game
more, or is worse than playing at a table with a Bully enforced blind that's 8 to 10 times the Big Blind amount, especially when you have yet to build up a decent stack.