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A Bluff That Suits Your Style

Don't be afraid to get caught!

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Apr 16, 2010


Last time out, we looked at a couple of templates, or scripts, that you can use for running bluffs. This time, we’ll look at a couple more, but first let’s remind ourselves why we bluff in the first place. It’s not just to win pots that we’d otherwise not capture. It’s also (mostly, really) to destabilize our foes and keep them from getting too comfortable against us. Poker players, after all, crave opponents who are consistent and predictable. Against such enemies, winning is only a matter of figuring out what works, and then doing that thing over and over again. To avoid being such an enemy, we must make ourselves inconsistent and unpredictable, and that’s why we bluff. If you’re afraid of getting caught, don’t be. Sometimes, getting caught is the best thing that can happen to you. Yes, it’s true, you lost some chips. So what? Now your foes ...

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