So there are a few hands that I've played recently that I thought were cool because they were decent bluffing opportunities that came up. One was while playing NLH, the other was in PLO. I'll take you through my thought process.
HAND 1- I was recently playing $5/$10/$15 NLH and this hand came up. I opened to $45 utg with 6s7s. A couple of MP players called along with few blinds. We took the flop 5 handed with $225 in the pot. The flop came Kh6h3s. Both blinds checked to me and I had 2 players behind me yet to act. I decided to take a stab with middle pair and a backdoor flush draw. Also, I didn't want to give up the aggression in this hand just yet. So I CBet $135 into $225. The first player right behind me shoved for $290. The player directly behind him now reraised to $540 (Stack $3k). Both blinds cleared out and it was back to me. I had everyone covered. Now I was pretty sure the first guy that shoved for $290 could have had anything (a King, six, flush draws, straight draws) and the second guy had a hand that he wanted to get heads up vs the all in player. He also wanted to clearly define his hand (which I thought was strongly weighted towards KQ, KJ). So when it folded back to me, I figured this was a good time to let him know where he was at in the hand. I decided to reraise to $1150. I know it wasn't a big 4bet, but I knew it wouldn't take much to get him off of his top pair hand. He tanked for a while, but I knew he would have to fold. Anyways, I still had to take my middle pair up against the all in player. The turn was a 7h and the river was a 9c. I made 2 pair, but came up short vs the all in player's Ah4h for the nut flush. Oh well, at least I gained a few skalansky bucks with that hand.
HAND 2- Playing PLO today. This one wasn't nearly as cool as the last one, but still a decent hand. The blinds were $5/$5 with a $10 live straddle on the button. I was first to act out of the small blind. I picked up KK22 and decided to bump it up a little bit to $30. A late position player called along with the straddler on the button. The flop came 556dd. I had no flush draw, but still wanted to take a stab with what may have been the best hand. I bet $50 and got called in both spots. Now I'm pretty sure that at least one of them had a 5, if not both. Yeah, they could have straight draws, flush draws, whatever... but I thought at least one of them had trips. Anyways, the turn was a black A. I was pretty much done with the hand, so I checked. The MP player now bet $125, the button called again, and it was back to me. If the button folded, then I certainly would have as well. But once the button calls with his 5xxx hand, I knew that my line would look way stronger into 3 players. I check raised to $600 on the turn. They both had around $2.5k so the stacks were perfect to make the play. They know if they called $600 on the turn they would have to call an $1800 river bet (but really, if they called turn I was check/folding the river on anything other than a K). Anyways, they both folded, so mission accomplished. The first guy even said that he was pretty sure I was bluffing, but he still couldn't do much about it.
These were a few interesting spots that came up. Remember though, I played a long time and most of my other hands were really straight forward. But I always keep my eyes peeled for spots like these to bluff a bit. The situations really have to be perfect though, especially with stack sizes. I'm not saying that I always make the best bluffs (ie, 42o), but I am always trying to learn how to bluff in different opportunities.