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Early betting positions are always subject to
being raised by other players after you.
Consider that you play a blind position 2-1 over
the dealer position during a tournament. The "blinds" are what you would
call an "early" position. You have no feedback from the other players as
to what type of hand the think they have, and how much they are willing
to wager on their hands. Unless you start out with strong hole cards,
you need to be very
While speaking of position, it is always a good
time to introduce the art of bluffing. Believe me when I say this,
bluffing is truly an art. Compare it to the abilities of a skilled
artist whose brush dances around the canvas as if it had a mind of it's
own - a competent holdem player can bluff his way around the table just
as easily. While you can always bluff
When bluffing from a blind position before a flop the mindset should be "my cards are just as good or better than yours and I'll prove it with my wager". But keep this in mind; if you raise a substantial amount on the bluff, and you get more than one caller, one of them will usually have a very strong hand they are proud of. If this is the case, back off of your bet and fold. There is no harm done here, do not be a victim of playing your ego. When bluffing from the blind position you are really only concerned with "stealing the other blind" and nothing more.
Now consider the post-flop bluff from a blind position assuming you have one or more callers. If an ace (or any strong possible combination such as 3 sequence cards etc.) shows on the board, you have the option of slightly raising the bet again to see if your opponents are actually holding anything of value. If not, they will most likely fold their hand fearing that their king or queen will not hold up to your "supposed" ace and so on. With callers on the table this is effectively the opposite of "blind stealing" and a tactic used by many of the best online poker players. Nothing is more powerful than bluffing the blind stealer. I would advise that you use this tactic with caution, and do not over play it. It is much more effective if you do not overplay it. The more experienced players will catch on to you if you abuse it.
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