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Posted by Bigbet on Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cute poker hands

The river bluff-reraise is a cute move. It’s almost never the right time to attempt a bluff-reraise. It’s usually really expensive, especially in a heads-up pot. And you have to be against someone who you know is capable of bluff raising the river. These people do exist. The problem is that they usually aren’t bluffing when they raise you on the river.

In one hand, I’m against a constant semi-bluffer. He is always pushing back, so sometimes I have to push too. That is why I three bet him on the turn with my 8-high flush draw on a paired board. Of course, when the flush misses, the only way my 8-high will be good is if I don’t have to show it. Time to bluff. Unfortunately, the best laid plans and all that. When he raises my bluff I quickly relocate the logic I used to raise the turn to the river and decide that three betting here with the obvious worst hand is probably a good idea. Luckily for me he folded.

It hurts so good. So, yet again, I’ve had a 300 big bet downswing. I am sure this is in part because I played poorly. And it is in part due to the qualitiy of my opponents. And it might have something to do with the fact that I play three tables at a time, unable to give any table my full concentration. But a good portion of it is due to luck.

It was 25 days from peak to trough, but the number of hours was sparse. Finally today I clawed back to even, as measured from the beginning of February. That does not match my peak, but it sure is nice to know that I am starting to “make a living” again. Gotta love pocker!

Bluffing with the best hand is cute too. When you are bluffing, it is usually best to bluff with hands which are worth almost nothing. Part of the reason is that you will often have the best hand and would have won a free showdown anyways. However, this only holds when you are bluffing with position. When you are first to act, bluffing with the best hand has value in the sense that you are less likely to be rebluffed off of the best hand.

Case in point. You make it to the river against a nut ball with 8-high. You have been semi-bluffing all the way. So you certainly should bluff with what is the worst hand right? Heck, even if it is not the worst hand you want to keep the idiot from bluffing you out. But who’d expect a hand like 8-high to call a full bet into a smallish pot on the river.

I never really thought of 8-high as having any value betting potential. I only thought I’d get the worse hands to fold, and get a few of the better hands to fold as well.