You have a 4% chance of winning the pot (see the charts at the end of this book). Should you stay in?
Only if the cost to stay in the game and see the flop is less than 4% of the total pre-flop pot.
Estimate the pot at $100 that would mean a maximum bet of $4. Based on a game where the blind is $5/$10 you would need at least a 10% chance of winning. Get out fast.
What if you fold and see a 2 and a 7 in the flop - two pairs? This can happen and you may be beating yourself up over it. But if you let a bad example of odds modify your play and betting, over the long haul you will be suckered in by long shots and your style of play will suffer. The odds are the odds.
As you can see from these examples, a simple rule is - the larger the pot, the better the cards you would need at the pre-flop to stay in the game.
Bluffing should probably not be an automatic reaction. Many times it takes a feel for a table to make you want to bluff. When doing it keep in mind that everyone else is also looking for an opportunity to bluff. Maybe you spot them bluffing in a common situation or they spot you. It only works when you get away with it, so you must use it sparingly.
Here are some times when you outright should not bluff.
Don't be the fish. Revealing your playing style can be bluffing in telltale situations against players who know them. That's a common money-maker for the other players. Always consider this rule before attempting a bluff.
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