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Know What You’re Folding

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Dec 12, 2012

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Broadly speaking, there are two types of bluffs: those designed to make your opponent(s) fold very weak hands, mostly those that missed the board entirely, and those designed to fold out made hands by representing an even stronger holding. Having a plan for what you want to accomplish with your bluff will help you to determine how to size your bets, how many barrels to fire, and so on. Bluffing Weak Hands The most common bluffing situations occur when no one is likely to have a good hand. The first player to bet in these spots usually collects a small pot with minimal risk, and those small victories add up. Although you may not think of it in these terms, this is essentially what you’re doing when you raise with something like a suited connector preflop or when you make a continuation bet on the flop. You are betting into ...


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