As a $1/2 player, I don't get crazy with bluffs. A bluff here and there does happen. But I try to stay away from putting my stack of $300 or $400 in the middle on a stone cold bluff. Well, I did say that I try not to do it but the Nike slogan doesn't agree.
I'm in seat 5 with A♦, 4♦. Seat 3 is in this hand and so is seat 10. Seat 10 is on the button with over $450. I am $475 behind. Three of us see the flop after seat 3 bet $10.
The flop is K♦,2♦,7♣ and seat 3 bets $15 and we call. Turn is 3♠ and seat 3 bets $35, I call, and seat 10 makes it $165! Seat 3 folds quickly and I am left with a big decision. What could seat 10 have? No AA or KK because he would have raised pre-flop or before the turn. He had pulled off this move before twice while in late position. The big bets had worked before since everyone got out of his way.
I just couldn't see him showing up with a monster in this spot. He is probably putting seat 3 on a weak king. I don't look particularly strong either with my checking. The question is What do I do?
The pot is about $270 and I just don't believe the guy in seat 10. I do have a flush draw as a way out. But, we all know that it's not right to call $165. I could fold...or put pressure on the opponent.
After taking some time to think, I announce all-in. That's right, I just dumped my $450 stack into the middle. He doesn't snap call. He sits quietly then starts to talk out loud. Says something about having two pair.
I'm sitting there, not sure if I should be thinking of how stupid I am or how great of a play I made. I was feeling more comfortable now then before I had announced all-in...which was surprising.
Seat 10 folds by sliding his cards towards the dealer.
My biggest bluff went through!