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Anti-bluffcaller strategies?

    • Styr
      Joined: 11.03.2009 Posts: 417
      Have been playing mostly SnG's and some MTTs so far, but decided to try ring games instead, rush poker at FT, to be more precise, although I believe my question should be generic to standard ring games as well. While I know that specialising in a certain area is better, I feel there is more post-flop play involved in ring games, and that is something I want to improve, to later use in tournaments.

      While I have done quite well thus far, I so have a leak I am not sure I know how to fix. For example, when I play a hand like AK, and do not hit, or QQ/KK and an ace flops, I usually make a continuation bet 1/3 to 2/3 of the pot. I am hoping for the villains to fold, but I am not sure what to do, when they call.

      How high is the possibility of them bluff-calling the continuation bet? Should I fire a second barrel more often, to see them fold, or when I have put them on draws? More often than not, the villain bets the pot size the very second I have checked on the turn. Looks like a bluff to me. I have done the same play against people, who minraise pre-flop (indicating insecurity in their play), then call with any cards with even a little value, and bet when they check on turn. How could I avoid falling a victim of that play? Should I re-raise the villains a percentage of the time? With an ace on board, this does not sound a very healthy option, as there are people on the $0.25/$0.50 games calling raises with any ace.

      So basically, what do you do with those bluff-callers? :) Or should I expect them really to have a good hand most of the time, when they do call?
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    • Bierbaer
      Joined: 27.05.2005 Posts: 7,989

      maybe you wrote it somewhere and I overlooked it but otherwise the limit you play could be important for the answer.

      One thing to consider is that in rushpoker a lot of people play very tight.
      This means you can steal the blinds oftentimes, but once someone does actually call your openraise he has a hand most of the time - once he even calls your cbet he probably has a hand.

      In general this is pretty much impossible to answer, it depends on your and the opponents position, stacksizes, his stats, your stats, etc etc.
      However, there is an article about 2nd and 3rd barrels.

      One more thing: Since you said you mostly use a betsizing of 1/3-2/3 potsize for your cbets you might apply your tournament-style too much, since you have 100BB+ stacks in ring games you should usually bet 3/4 up to potsize as a cbet.
      There's also an article about the topic of cbetting.

      Hope this helps, if you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask :) .

      Best regards,