PkrPwr: How Tough to Bluff Everyone

December 1st, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

The many-opponent bluff is not advisable but it can sometimes work if you catch the players who are last to act shaking their heads and muttering.

Here’s why: The first players to act don’t think you would bluff into this many players [sometimes known as a "protected pot"]. Since they also have to worry about the players still to act behind them, they may fold stronger hands. The next players may be only moderately strong, and they may also fold [fearing the final two]. And the final two may be weak and drop.

This doesn’t have to work every time – just often enough to show a profit.

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Good-bye and Good Riddance to the Delusional Destroyers of America

November 30th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

Here’s some good news.

Freeloading Frist performing his Magic Cheese ActFreeloading Bill Frist will finally stop clogging the pipe with his crooked and underhanded deals by NOT, repeat, NOT running for president in 2008.

Who can forget his recent un-American midnight moves to make poker illegal, or rather, to make his special-interest backed gambling games protected.

The culture of corruption king has wrapped himself in rhetoric, the bible, world causes, and anything else that he thinks will perfume his poop, and announced the return to his professional roots as a ‘healer’. Must be a misprint – should read ‘stealer‘.

Good-bye and good riddance to the delusional destroyers of America. Don’t call us – we’ll call you, for the indictment. Oh, that’s right – you’re already under indictment. Anyway, we hope the door hits you on the ass on your way out.

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PkrPwr: Bluffing Rhythms that Throw Opponents

November 29th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

When playing in a game against average opponents, and bluffing, keep all your bets within the same timing range, like a rhythm. This will show that your betting isn’t just an idea that suddenly came to you but is in response to a good hand you have held all along.

When you use the same timing of bets on each card [and the same betting motion], it ties the rhythm together for an opponent. It gives him the reason he is looking for to believe that there is a pattern here – and he should fold.

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There’s one other benefit of making your betting appear as a rhythm. If you have a good hand and win, the next time you start this same betting rhythm, opponents may feel a little foolish calling bets, remembering how it came out last time, and will fold. Its a little memory trick – for them.

Throw your opponents – keep the same betting rhythm.

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“Delay of Game” – The Temporary Prohibition of American Poker

November 28th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

“I always say I hope (Internet poker) stays up, because I think it helps us a lot.”

Jack McClelland, BellagioJack McClelland, Bellagio Poker Tournament Director

As the poker tournament director for the Bellagio, industry veteran Jack McClelland’s opinion on the matter carries more weight than just about anyone’s.

The real question is not HOW the un-American UIGE Act will affect poker, but HOW MUCH and for HOW LONG.

Sure, the public companies are leaving the U.S., but that just opens opportunity to those who would find another way to maintain online poker service. TV coverage of the game is increasing, not decreasing. Brick-and-mortar casinos can’t build poker rooms fast enough. And the explosion of tournaments both online and real world continues.

So is the un-American UIGE Act just a temporary blip? Yes. Why? Look to history.

Prohibition did not last. No injustice survives in this country – especially not one that infringes on personal freedom. Freeloading Bill Frist and his special-interest politico-punks are the necessary evils of a democratic system that welcomes all, but ultimately stands with the majority. Their shenanigans remind us of what makes this country strong – Freedom. In the end, their brand of fascism is always defeated. Always. That’s history.

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Yes, we’ve got a poker industry playing musical chairs right now. But that will pass. Services will settle down. And we’ll all get back to playing the great American game.

Talk Poker. Play Poker. Poker is America.

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PkrPwr: Don’t Show Your Bluffs

November 27th, 2012  :  Written by Patriot #1

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In general, it’s not a good idea to show your cards when you’ve bluffed somebody. Doing this not only gives free information about your play and the kinds of cards you are playing, but it can also produce emotions that muddy the waters on future hands.

An example of the latter is this: You bluff Joe Player out of a pot by making a bet on the end, and then you turn over your cards to show him that you had absolutely nothing. Now, how are you going to read this player on upcoming hands?

Suppose that a few hands later you have a slightly better-than-average hand, and you bet into him, and he raises you? Now: Why is he raising you? Because he’s mad about the earlier hand? Because this time he’s going to give you a dose of your own medicine and try to bluff you? Or because this time he’s got a really good hand and he’s got you trapped with it?

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Showing him your bluff earlier makes it harder to read him on subsequent hands and identify his motivation.

Keep it simple. Don’t show your bluffs.

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