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Examples of the Use of Multiple Images

There is countless number of situations in poker where multiple images can be applied. One of the easiest to understand, however, is how it affects your ability to bluff, or bet for value. The following two examples are presented below.

Let us first consider a simple situation. You are playing against unobservant rivals. Little while ago against rival A you got caught bluffing. After that, against rival B, you won the pot twice showing down very strong hands. You should concentrate on betting for value and not trying to bluff a rival A. Simultaneously, your chance of successfully stealing against rival B has increased.


Now, here's an example with much more complexity. Few years ago, during a short-handed $20-$40 hold'em game, I recognized that a particular rival observed me as habitually bluffing, or perhaps on the tilt. The other player sitting in the game knew me well enough that the probability I was on the tilt was unlikely (to say to the least) and hadn't noticed anything incredible about my play at the time. Against this one player, there had been about three hands in closely related in which I raised or re-raised pre-flop, then semi-bluffed on the flop and turn, missed my draw and bluffed again or just fold at the end.

I know two things about this rival. First, I knew that he was not very familiar with my play. Second, in the two of three times I had played with him I had noticed that he very much liked to allow others to bet for him. This fairly worked well for him as he had a tight, conservative image and experienced lots of players trying to run over him. I tried to sense that he overdid this, and playing as if he suspected other online poker players of trying to bluff against him more often than they actually were. (He won the pot against me in this manner in those hands explained above, but that does not mean my play in those hands was incorrect and his play was correct.

In a short-handed game, the difference between a semi-bluff and a bet for value with an ace high hand, for example, can become indistinct.) If I was right, if he was actually to suspect others bluff, and then I reasoned that after catching me in about three (semi) bluffs for a little while, he should be expecting more bluffs from me. He might even have thought I was on the tilt. (Why would I try to bluff three times in a row?) Further, I was sure that he was the only player at the table whom I had tried my unsuccessful bluffs, while the other players had not been noticing it intensely.

After some time I played my hand:

in the small blind. He open raised on the button. I re-raised. I did so, carefully that he may have seen me playing very aggressively with an average hand. The flop came:

I bet, knowing that he would believe there was no reason to think about I had a pair, much less an ace. He later called. At that point, because of how I believed he saw me, I felt that he could have any pair or a draw. The turn was a 5. I bet again and he called. The river was K, a disappointing card for me. However, there was no change that he called me with any pair or perhaps even with queen-high. Also, I did not think this player would bluff or bet anything less than a king if I checked. So I bet again and he again called. I showed my Q QIdm, and he threw away his hand selection.

The purpose of the above example is to show how pursuing of the image you have in the minds of individual players earns you extra money at the table. In the hand I played I was able to collect overcards on board. I would have checked in the same place against any other player in the game that day. I would have identified them to be less likely to call with a hand I could beat, though I might have induced a bluff with my check.

So try to pursue your image and how it changes on both general and player-specific levels. That way you will know more clearly what your rivals are thinking as you play against them; for they are not really playing against you, but rather against your multiple, changing images.


While this section contains a number of specific plays which some readers might find it interesting, I hope thoughtful readers come way as well with useful concepts and perhaps even new ways of thinking about strategy during play. Many of the concepts are based on reading rival's hands and thoughts. In my experience, these areas of play are a big part of what makes poker interesting. In addition, they become increasingly essential as you move up the limits; for they are the center attraction of the strategic interaction between skilled players. If you understakinds of reading will develop your results tremendously. I hope much of the ideas have helpend a card play in some detail, and have an understanding of basic odds, become master in these two d you to make your play successful.

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