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The Three-Bet Semibluff

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Apr 17, 2013


I’d been card dead for several hours. We’ve all been there. I couldn’t make a hand, and hadn’t been dealt many to play either. My image sucked, or at least it did as far as acquiring action. But there are other ways to skin a cat, and being aware of the image your opponents hold of you and correctly adjusting your strategies to newfound realities can reap great rewards. I’d posted the big blind (BB) in a $40-$80 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio. A tourist raised to open in the three seat. He was the sort that virtually always raised when entering a pot no matter what he held. Mr. Opener simply believed that if he couldn’t raise to open then he shouldn’t play. He was immediately reraised by a well-playing aggressive Asian pro. A loose tourist called the three-bet cold and it was folded to me. I peered ...

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