I wasn't getting too many real hands last night so I had to make do with taking down pots where I could. Overall it was a pretty tame night (for me at least). I wasn't involved in the big conflicts because I didn't have hands, but I still ended up $20 ahead so I'm alright with that.
Here's a couple bluffs I ran last night that, in retrospect, don't seem too hot. But hey, they worked!
Spain v Spainr
I'm in middle position and look down at J8 offsuit (nothing beats the spainr!) and limp behind one of the new players. Ryan calls behind me, and about two other people come along for the ride.
The flop is 8♦6♥6♦, giving me a weak top pair. Weak player to my right checks, I put out a little bet of 4 into the 10-ish pot. Ryan raises to 12, it's folded around to me and I quickly call.
The turn brings a 4♦, completing a flush and a straight draw. I think for a second, check, Ryan puts out his standard 22 bet and I, again, quickly call.
The river is a 2♣. I lead out into Ryan for 35 and he folds. I guess I was representing the flush here but he would have looked me up with any sort of decent hand so I'm not in love with the play. I think I could push a lot of weak overpairs and 8x sort of hands out, but he's going to call me down here with most 6s and obviously any flush or straight. Plus, my hand actually has show down value. I felt check-call was too weak here so I tried to put out a number that would slow him down. So maybe this was more of a blocking bet that turned into a bluff?
Semi Bluff v. Royal
Earlier in the night, I again have a weak ass hand (K♣T♣) in middle position and want to see a flop. Newb player to my right limps, I limp behind, we get one or two more limpers until Royal raises it to 8 from the small blind. One caller ahead, I call as well, and I think one more caller behind me. So we've got a big pot going into the flop...
The flop is T♠Q♣8♥, giving me second pair and a backdoor flush draw. Royal leads out for 15 into the 30-ish pot, I call, all others fold. The turn brings a blank but it gives me a second nut flush draw. Royal again leads out, this time for 22, and I raise it up to 60. Royal thinks for a while and ends up folding.
I'm pretty sure I was semi-bluffing with the best hand here, unless he had something like JJ and was scared of the overcard. But at the same time I didn't want to just call down and end up putting more money in on the river, so I felt like I had to raise to get more information on where I was at.