The concept of the Balanced Bluffing Range
Bad luck is part of poker like the sun for summer. We poker players have even developed some kind of vocabulary of their own, for the different ways we encounter bad luck. There is the Suck-Out and the Setup, the Cooler or the Bad-Beat, the opponent is a Luckbox, the Poker Provider does not like us and all Russians are too loose. Not quite as common is the so-called Bluff-Cooler, which will occupy us in the following article …
When I speak in the contribution of the so-called Range , I always mean a certain range of hands, either that of the opponent or your own.
I use the term Cooler for situations in which two players have strong hands with whom they are willing to invest a lot in the pot. Eg. Kings with whom you run preflop in Asse. Usually I get rid of my stack by abad beat , not because I played badly. As long as I’m correct that my opponent would have brought his money with some worse hands than kings in the middle, I call something like a Cooler. To be more specific, it could be a cool thing for a hand from your value range to hit a slightly better hand from the opponent’s value range.
I call it a bluff cooler when a hand in your bluffing range hits a hand of the opposing bluff catching range . In other words, if you have a hand that is great for bluffing, then you make a move that is profitable against a large part of the opposing range and it calls you down with a hand that you realize is not would fold.
Here’s one important point: you should usually have a bluffing range. Unless you try to outsmart an exaggerated loose player, you should be able to bluff or semi-bluff in any situation where you would usually bet for value with a good hand.
A bluff cooler now causes us to rethink the hand we play and eventually come to the conclusion that it was wrong to bluff. In contrast to the first example above (KK runs in AA), where we are still sure after the hand that our game was right.
If our original assumption was correct that a bluff at this point is profitable in the long term, then this thought (that the bluff was wrong) could be just as irrational as the decision to fold KK next time.Understanding the concept of the bluffing range and a bluff cooler will help you determine if the bluff was a mistake or if you were just unlucky enough to run into one of the best hands your opponent could have!