In this free online poker article you’ll learn why it can be good to bluff on a paired board like 8-8-Q or K-K-6, 5-6-7-8 or Ac-Kc-5c-8c.
In the first two Boards, it is because the mere thought of your opponent having an Eight or a King will scare you off. Remember: The mere thought.
So if you bet strongly, you change your opponent’s mindset. Your opponent will put you on an Eight or a King, even if you don’t have it, and he may fold his A-Q, for example.
On my 8-8-Q, this is why my opponent has to be scared if I have the Eight: If I have the Eight and he has A-Q, he is almost drawing dead. He can only have one card to catch: that is a Queen, to make a bigger Full House.
If he had J-10 his calls (after his checks) will be very reluctant because he can complete a hand only from a gutshot, and that is unfavourable for him. Moreover, if he completes the Straight on the 8-8-9-Q board, I might have 9-8 (which no one knows if I have) for a Full House which will demolish his Straight.
So my bluff will work for the 8-8-Q. As for the K-K-6, my bluff will work too because the players always think that you play big cards more than small ones, and one of them might be a King (which, again, no one knows if I have), and very few will be courageous to continue with a Six, because I can batter him two more times.
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If the Flop comes 5-6-7 and I put my opponent on 7-6 (because of, maybe, a bet or a raise) I can call. Because if the 8 comes I’ll bet strongly, even if I don’t have the Nine, because his strong play on the Flop may mean that he has a made hand already, and now on the Turn, only one card can demolish him, and he’d better be careful.
And if he had a Nine he should have checked or called only on the Flop, because he has just a gutshot.
The same idea also goes for the Flush board. Additionally, if your opponent is a strong player and he has, say, 6c-x (maybe 6c-5c because he is a strong player who plays connectors), on a board like Ac-Kc-5c-8c, he has still reason to be scared, and a strong bet can drive him off.
Why? Because his Flush kicker is only the 6c, and you may well have 7c or higher, even if you don’t, or even if you don’t have a Club. His Flush is good only for call-calling or check-checking, not for strong betting, raising, or all-ins.
If you know which boards are ideal to bluff, you can steal plenty of pots. What if all your aggressive play is finally detected? Say, 9-9-6 comes. You raise heavily again. Your opponent now thinks your aggressive plays are just bluffs, so he plays back.
Now you get paid off more handsomely because you have the 9-8 or A-9.
But what if you’re the one put into a decision with the A-Q on an 8-8-Q board? Say you bet, then he raises heavily. If you call, you might as well be all-in on the Turn, because you’re nearly out of chips.
So you have to decide whether to move all-in now. Should you?
If you have A-Q, you have Queens up, top kicker (Ace), and you certainly can hope that he has only a small pocket pair (say 10-10), a draw (say J-10), or Q-x (x is a lower kicker), and you can move all-in. If you’re scared of him having the Eight, make him also be scared of your potentially having it, too. Even if no one has the Eight.
Or you can move all-in first and make him fold, unless you suddenly have that read on him, or he is a bad player playing all sorts of rowdy hands.