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More about Bluffing: Part IV

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: May 14, 2014


In the last column we looked at some famous fictional bluffs. In this column, let’s get to the real heart of successful bluffing. Try to bluff your opponents when they have a good chance of being weak. Obviously an opponent who checks, especially one who checks on multiple streets, is probably weak. We all have seen the occasional genius who flops a monster and checks it three times, hoping that eventually someone will bet and then he’ll get to check-raise. Yes, right now it is happening somewhere in the poker universe. But for each time it happens, there are hundreds or even thousands of times that a player who checks three times is weak. A weak opponent is an ideal bluffing target. Although, he may be so weak that the hand you thought was a bluff was actually the best hand. When else is your opponent likely to be weak? ...

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