You don’t hear too much about bluffing when it comes to non-Hold’em games, but NL 2-7 lowball is one that does lend itself to some serious bluffing.
The three parts to bluffing in the game are position, observation, and sometimes even the cards in your hand. Here are some examples.
Using Position for Bluffs
Your position to other players at the table is going to allow you to pull off some bluffs.
Let’s assume that you were drawing one card against one or even two relatively solid players. If you have a solid image and the action is checked to you, bet into these players.
They are likely to give you credit for catching a hand and will get out of the way. They also may have caught bad and can’t beat anything but a stone bluff.
Using Observation to Bluff
Your opponents' actions on the draw present bluffing situations as well.
In this scenario, let’s say you raised pre-draw and took one card. Your opponent called and drew two.
In this spot you know that your opponent has to catch both cards perfect in order to be able to withstand a bet.
In this type of scenario a bet is almost mandatory. If you get raised you know your opponent caught lucky.
Chances are that, in this spot, your opponent has something type of three card combination with a 7-2 or something like 7-4-3, etc. Don’t go crazy with a bluff here but definitely put some pressure on.
You can't really go wrong here. Even if you get caught it will put doubt in your opponent's mind the next time this situation comes up and you bet with an actual hand.
Using Your Cards to Bluff
If you were dealt a hand like 2-7-2-7-3, you might consider mucking it, or at worst drawing two right? How about a stand pat bluff?
Think about it. When dealt a hand such as this you have five of the wheel cards in your hand. It's going to be hard for someone to make a strong hand against you.
Even if they think you have something like a nine, or even an eight, they're going to be hard pressed to call against you unless they get very lucky.
When you stand pat, especially with several low cards in your hand, the odds of your opponent getting a monster decrease tremendously, so a bluff may be in order.
As in all poker you don't want to make these bluffs too often as opponents will pick up on your style and play back at you.
With the right frequency, though, you should definitely pick up more pots via bluffing in this game.