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Picking Off Bluffs

Play with a plan

by Ed Miller |  Published: Feb 19, 2010


Your no-limit hold’em opponents bluff. I know that it may shock you, but it’s true. Are you just going to let them get away with it, or are you going to do something about it? If you don’t have a good plan for dealing with your opponents’ bluffs, you may want to just let them get away with them. While nearly all players bluff sometimes, most of them don’t bluff so often that you can call randomly to keep them honest. If you don’t pick your spots with some thought, you probably should just concede the occasional bluff. But I’m not satisfied with that answer, so I’m going to help you to develop a plan. Your opponents aren’t going to get away with it! At least sometimes they won’t. Here’s the first principle for picking off bluffs: Your opponents will not bluff, by and large, with hands that have showdown ...

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