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Take it Away!

by Andrew Arnott |  Published: Feb 19, 2010


Game: 50¢-$1, $100 buy-in no-limit hold’em cash game Opponent: Unknown tight-aggressive player Stacks: $103.79 (his); $104 (mine) My Cards: 9 9 My Position: Button Many of my students ask me, “When are the best times to bluff?” While there’s no easy answer to such a broad question, I normally respond, “In spots where your opponent rarely has a strong hand.” In this column, I’m going to discuss a great spot to steal a pot away from your opponent. In this hand, the action was folded around to the cutoff, who at this point appeared to be a tight-aggressive player, and he raised to $3. I elected to flat-call with the 9 9 on the button. The blinds folded. I prefer flat-calling with 9-9 in this spot over reraising in a cash game; 9-9 is very often going to be the best hand, but if I reraise, he’ll likely just fold ...

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