|Mastering bluff induction|
There are so many ways to make a good bluff and this depends on many factors. but no matter what, this is hard to master. On the other hand knowing how to induce your opponents to make a bluff is even harder. One sure thing is that it depends a lot on your opponents’ style. To buy hand histories in order to uncover your opponents’ styles before you meet them is certainly a way to get an edge.
The crux is to understand the best cases for succeeding with bluff induction. And as was said, it is crucial to know which are the poker players who will get caught in such a trap.
One first situation where you want to get bluffed is when you have a fantastic hand. In this case, several options are possible for you. You can check every street if you feel that your opponent is prone to react to apparent weakness. You just need to call each of his bets. He could believe that you have a drawing hand if the board is drawy.
Or you can make a low raise, thus allowing him to shove over you. If your stacks are both deep, performing the min-raise will in some situations push him to send all of his remaining chips on the felt.
The opponents’ style is the most important aspect to pay attention to. It is obvious that to induce an opponent to bluff, it is preferable for you than he be aggressive and capable to go pretty far with his continuation bets, almost a maniac. To perform this move, you have to select your targets and understand them well to know what triggers them. Theoretically, the more your opponent is aggressive and likes to bluff, the easier it will be to take a maximum of his chips with this play. Conversely, a very passive or suspicious player will often stop betting after getting called once.
Inducing your opponent to bluff is hard in general and you must fully control the situation. Note that you should avoid floating too much, as it will be costly in the long-run. Reserve the float play to these special situations where you want to induce a bluff.
Inducing a bluff while winning a big pot is one of the most memorable moment in the game of poker, and you will really feel like you are on top of the world. So practice this method for future enjoyment at the poker table.
|Poker player motives|
This blog will talk about players’ styles among other things related to gambling. The primary topics of interest that we have are poker strategy and poker psychology.
There is a strong relationship between players’ styles and players’ motives. If you know how someone plays, you also know a good deal about why he plays (and vice versa). In addition, players with extreme styles are so dominated by their primary motives that they are rigid and predictable. They act in a certain way even when it is self-defeating.
For example, maniacs are so addicted to action that they cannot keep themselves from jacking it up, even when a little voice in them says, “Slow down.” Calling stations have such a strong need to get along with others and such a strong aversion to acting aggressively that they just call, call, call, even when they know they should raise or fold. Rocks are so conservative and timid that they let aggressive players run over them.
However, many extreme players have selective memories or kid themselves about why they play the way they do. They essentially make excuses for yielding to their impulses. For example, maniacs tend to remember the times they had a huge win or pulled off an outrageous bluff, while ignoring their losses. Or they say silly things such as, “You have to be in to win.”
Maniacs are usually extremely optimistic; they keep thinking they are going to get lucky. Rocks have the exact opposite attitude. They are pessimists who always fear the worst. If you asked a rock why he did not raise with a king high flush, he would not say, “Because I’m a wimp.” He would probably say, “I thought he might have the ace.”
We will focus on the extreme players because it is easier to see the pattern – in yourself or other people – but all loose-aggressive players have a strong need for action, and so on. In general, the more extreme a player’s style is, the more his primary motives overwhelm his other drives – including the desire to win.
Conversely, the more balanced a person’s motives are, the more flexible, rational and effective he will be – at the poker table and everywhere else. The relationship between styles, motives, and fears is especially important when you are trying to develop yourself as a player. If you do not understand why you play the way you do, you cannot overcome the inner forces that cause you to beat yourself.
Always ask yourself whether your ratings on motives are consistent with the way you play. Any inconsistencies suggest that something is wrong. For example, if you rate making money as your primary motive, but you lose regularly because you can’t resist tough games, you should recognize and try to resolve this contradiction.
Try to find out what is really happening inside your head and at the table and you will become a better poker player.