Recognize a lantern and take advantage of it
Recognizing a bluff in a game of Texas Holdem Poker is not an easy task . Many factors and a great reading ability to recognize a lantern must be put in place. Any player is potentially capable of making a lantern at any time, but according to different tracks it can be elucidated what type of player is capable of making a lantern at a certain moment of the game .
Therefore it is necessary to apply to the maximum and pay special attention to the following points to recognize a lantern :
It is essential to read your rival . They will be fundamental aspects such as the dynamics of your opponent’s game, its table image, its level of aggressiveness and other behaviors that can give you extra information.
Not only is the general behavior of your opponent important, since the fact that a player is in a phase of exaggerated aggression or “tilt” can also be transcendent. In this phase this player will be very susceptible to stringing lanterns. To you to discern which are and which are not.
Many times in Texas Hold’em the cards on the table are also of vital interest to know if our rival is in full bluff or not . Normally the combination of how our opponent has chained the bets, according to the cards that have been coming out, can give us great information about it. Thus, many times the common cards in Texas Hold’em and the bets of our rival lead us to think that his bet is a pure bluff or that he has really achieved a maximum play (“nuts”). We would be here in a situation of “bluff or nuts”, that is to say all or nothing, to you to guess according to other factors and the simple feeling.
Once we think we have recognized a lantern we have to take into account other no less important points:
As much as our reading has led us to think that we are facing a lantern, not everything ends here since it is not always easy to make a decision. So there are times that we think our rival is bluffing but we have nothing . This is a very complicated situation, we can either re-raise, or pay the lantern to bet on us in the next round (this stopping to then start betting is called “stop and go”).
If we had a very good play or maximum play without the risk of being improved and faced a bluff, we would have to try to let him take the initiative to our rival by paying and checking simply because any aggression on our part could possibly get him out of hand. So we would have to take with us as many rounds as possible as long as there is no obvious risk to our hand, and let him make his lantern until the end since he surely will. Even with everything we must always keep in mind that there is a margin of error, our reading can always be wrong, so it is always important to protect our hand in these cases. And there will be times that we even have to throw our hand even though we think our bluff rival for not having to do a bluff and because of the margin of doubt that exists of not really being a bluff.
Ultimately in Texas Holdem poker you never know for sure what a bet is a bluff and which is not. In terms of probabilities, one must think that only about 10% of bets or less are unfounded lanterns. But the lanterns are the order of the day, and any situation of any player, however “tight” (careful, plays few hands), can be a bluff.