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A Less Successful Bluff

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Oct 12, '10


I’ve bragged about some creative bluffs recently, so here’s one where I got owned:

Full Tilt No-Limit Hold’em, $4.00 BB (9 handed) – Full-Tilt Converter Tool from

SB ($434)
BB ($160)
UTG ($400)
UTG 1 ($641.60)
Hero (MP1) ($1081.40)
MP2 ($418.40)
MP3 ($1143)
CO ($131)
Button ($402)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with Q, Q
1 fold, UTG 1 bets $12, Hero calls $12, 6 folds

Flop: ($30) 4, 9, 10 (2 players)
UTG 1 checks, Hero bets $9, UTG 1 calls $9

Turn: ($48) 7 (2 players)
UTG 1 checks, Hero bets $15, UTG 1 raises to $64, Hero calls $49

River: ($176) 7 (2 players)
UTG 1 bets $140, Hero raises to $996.40 (All-In), UTG 1 calls $416.60 (All-In)

Total pot: $1289.20 | Rake: $3

UTG 1 had A, A (two pair, Aces and sevens).
Hero had Q, Q (two pair, Queens and sevens).
Outcome: UTG 1 won $1286.20

When he check-raises the turn, I realize there’s a substantial risk that I’m not good. I don’t see him playing any full houses this way, so I went for it.

Andrew Brokos is a professional poker player, writer, and teacher. He is also an avid hiker and traveler and a passionate advocate for urban public education. You can find dozens of his poker strategy articles at and more information about group seminars and one-on-one coaching at

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over 11 years ago

Why push on the river like that I dont get it ??????? Sick bluff Tough call I guess he could had folded aces there.... sick hand


over 11 years ago

I agree here, actually. Which hands do you hope he's calling with if you push? 8-8? J-J? 10-9? Seems like the only hands you can hope for, and only the later two could call. And if you don't want a call, are you really turning Q-Q into a bluff on a paired board with no paint?


over 11 years ago

Uhhh he was bluffing, thus the title of the blog? lol


over 11 years ago

Sick Sick Hand


over 11 years ago

why not re-raise preflop to better define the hands?


over 11 years ago

Agree with mikeyB111...Do you feel you have enough information from the way the hand was played, to put him on a definitive range where you know he will fold (x)% of hands to a river shove?

Interested to hear what hands he can check-raise you with there, with him expecting to be good, that actually call him down. It seems like it is 10-10 through KK, with random A10 hands in there, as you didnt 3bet pre, so your hand range is quite undefined...especially if you have some sort of history.


over 11 years ago

c'mon guys, 3, 4, 5, 6 betting preflop by pros is only done w/ 86 and Q 10 suited


over 11 years ago

flat pre flop is fine every thing else is fine should of just called river 140 instead u shove 200bbs in as a bluff not smart the only the move was a call in my opinion

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