The tricks of the trade: bluffing with a call
You have weak cards, but you sense that you may be able to steal the pot. Usually, a raise or re-raise is your best weapon. However, there are some situations in the game where a flat call can be very effective in setting up a steal of the pot.
The strength of the play relies on the fact that, in some situations, a flat call looks stronger than a raise.
This kind of play relies on be able to pick up the pot if your opponent checks or bets weakly on a later street, and so has more chance to be successful if you are in position. (more…)