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More about Bluffing: Part IV

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: May 14, 2014

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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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