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More About Bluffs and Bluffing: Part I

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Feb 19, 2014


In recent Card Player issues, Bart Hanson’s column Crushing Live Poker with Twitter mentioned that his opponents bluff too much, while Ed Miller’s column mentioned that his opponents don’t bluff enough. Since I generally agree with most of what these authors write, I was surprised to see such a complete divergence of opinion. In this series of columns, I’ll attempt to shed a little light on why I think this happened and give you some simple mathematical suggestions to help determine if your opponents (and you) bluff too often or not often enough. My first thought was that one of them must be wrong. Opponents might bluff too much or might not bluff enough, but they are aren’t doing both. But then I realized that Bart and Ed are two different players playing in two different areas. It is possible that they each have different table personas, so their opponents ...

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