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A Low-Risk Image Play

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Mar 19, 2014


In a recent column, I wrote about how a desire to “play it safe” causes playes to miss a lot of profitable spots, usually bluffs, that don’t actually entail as much risk as it would seem. An especially low-risk bluffing opportunity arises when you believe you and your opponent have the same hand, and you make a big bet or raise in an attempt to fold him off of a chop. In truth, this play still involves an element of risk. Even though you are freerolling if your read is correct (that is, you will get your bet back even if your opponent calls with the hand you think he has), there is a risk that you’ve made an incorrect read and your opponent actually has you beat. This is a good example of a spot many players miss because of a misguided desire to play it safe. After all, ...

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