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Bluffing and Moving Up

River bluffing decisions

by Ed Miller |  Published: Sep 18, 2009


In my last column, I discussed how the relative strength of your hand-reading skills versus your opponents’ can help determine whether you’re ready to move up to higher-stakes games. The river betting round is the one that allows you to benefit most from sharp hand-reading, so it’s a good place to start when assessing your play. My last column discussed river value-betting decisions. This column discusses the other side of the coin — river bluffing decisions. If you’re reading hands well, you’ll often have a good idea of whether your opponent’s hand range is dominated by strong hands or weak ones. As you play, do you actively attack your opponent’s weak hand ranges, and do you attack your opponents better than they attack you? Using the River Card to Bluff Most no-limit hold’em players, bad and good, bluff with some regularity. Bad players tend to bluff by using a simple ...

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