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Two River Bluffs: Part 1

by Gavin Griffin |  Published: Apr 01, 2013


Playing the river can be tricky, but it’s often a good place for finding good situations to bluff. Ranges are more clearly defined, the pot is bigger, allowing you to put more psychological pressure on your opponent, and opponents are less likely to call speculatively. To qualify as a good bluff, I think you need to have two main elements in play. First, you must be able to represent the hand you are representing credibly, your hand must be sufficiently weak within your distribution to warrant bluffing, and your opponent’s range must be weak enough to be able to fold. I was involved in two hands in one night that I think looked like good bluffs on the surface, but let’s take a look at them a little more in depth. The other day, I was playing in a good short-handed $5-$10 no-limit game. It was either four or five-handed ...

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