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HH is there if you need it. The dealer announces all pairs the first time they occur, except pairs of face cards, which are never announced. It's likely that the other two cards of the pair are in the deck or in the muck. Bad username or password Sign in. A bluff is essentially a lie, and humans respond differently when lying. This will make them more susceptible to a bluff.

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The player who has a stronger range tends to realize more equity, since she can play more aggressively with the bottom part of her range, thus forcing the other player to fold more decent hands. This boils down to how frequently and effectively your opponent applies pressure on the flop, turn, and river. If you know when to call, when to fold, and when to raise correctly you will realize more equity. If you start making mistakes in those departments then your equity realization will drop significantly.

It also helps if to know how to exploit your opponents. Equity realization is another one of those very key concepts every aspiring poker pro needs to know. Understanding and using it will help you navigate the game more profitably as you improve, and avoid those negative EV calls that you might have been making preflop. Importantly, reading this article is not the end. You need to think about this concept on your own to understand it better. See also, Fighting Semi-Bluffs. The math of the semi-bluff is worth knowing.

You've got about a 30 percent chance of hitting your straight by the river. That means for every 10 hands, you'll hit the straight three times. So for every 20 hands, you'll get the flush seven times.

That means your semi-bluffs only need to be successful around a third of the time. Sizing bets appropriately is key in bluffing. Many inexperienced players fail to make their bluffs strong enough to scare away the opposition in the early rounds, while others make them too large on the river and wind up losing a significant portion of their chips when a much smaller bet would accomplish the same goal.

You have to be committed when bluffing, and you need to be willing to lose however many chips it will take for you to do at least three rounds of betting. A good rule of thumb is to take the big blind and multiply it by at least If you're not willing to commit that many chips to make the bluff work, then don't try it. A common mistake made by a lot of players who have followed up a pre-flop raise with an aggressive continuation bet after the flop is to check or bet a smaller amount after the turn.

Doing either of these screams weakness and will not convince your opponent you have a strong hand. This play is appropriate when you have a good hand and want people to call or even re-raise you, but it's not a good idea when bluffing. When bluffing, you do not want to put out any signs of weakness, which is why the price of poker should never go down i.

Continual, accelerated pressure is key to a successful bluff. The groundwork for a good bluff must be laid before and after the flop by either raising or calling another player's raise. It is not necessarily critical to be the aggressor before the flop, but it is important that somebody has instituted a pre-flop raise.

This will help winnow the field and will also send out a signal that you have a good starting hand. A community pot with five or six limpers is not a good time to try a bluff. Post-flop is the first real opportunity to start weaving your tale, but you have to take note of the flop. Is there an ace, or did the board pair up? If there is an ace on the board and it checks to you, or you are first to act, a continuation bet could convince the others in the hand that you just connected with your ace while in reality you missed the flop completely.

A bet is also an excellent opportunity to find out if one of your opponents actually did connect with the ace, because they are almost certainly not folding and could even re-raise. A lot of bluffs fall apart on the turn. You've bet aggressively for the first two rounds, but you can't get rid of one player. You're fairly confident she has you beat, but the key element here is to determine how strong she actually is. How you interpret these actions, and your firsthand knowledge of her playing ability, will likely determine your next course of action.

If she strikes you as a solid player and is matching your aggression with aggression of her own , it might be time to call off the dogs.

There is no real reason to waste good chips after bad. However, if she has only been calling your bets, it might be worth it to try more aggression after the turn.

She, herself, may be on a semi-bluff, chasing either a straight or flush or holding a mid-range pocket pair. If you make her pay to see that last card, putting out the infamous triple barrel bluff , she may decide you've already got her beat or that it's not worth it to continue chasing a flush or straight. Remember, when bluffing you're not going to win if it goes to showdown, so the only option you have left is to bet.

After the flop you only have two more chances to get her out of the hand. Don't waste one of them by checking. When you are in late position, it folds to you and the players to your left have been fairly tight. When you are last position and it checks to you with an innocuous board rainbow, no pair and nothing higher than a Jack. There's always the possibility that somebody has just flopped a set and is baiting a trap, but there's also the chance that the other players in the hand completely whiffed the flop and are looking for an excuse to get out of the hand.

If there is a low pair on the board say 7s or lower and it has checked to you on the flop or turn, this is a good time to bluff. It's likely that the other two cards of the pair are in the deck or in the muck.

If you're in a multi-table tournament nearing the money bubble, players will tend to tighten up to make sure they get into the cash. This is an excellent time to try some bluffs against the short stacks that are in danger of busting out. Tom Dwan v Howard Lederer. You've bet pre-flop, post-flop and the turn and you still can't get rid of that stubborn last player. This is when you have to decide if you are going to let it go.

Brian Green started heads-up play as a massive dog as Peters had around a nine to one chip lead. Green picked his spots, doing something no one else at the final table could do against Peters and that was not getting sucked out on. The final six started with Isaac Haxton as the short stack and he would be the first to make an exit when the Day 2 chipleader Brandon Adams took him out in an unlucky run-out.

Haxton moved all in with ace-jack, Adams called with ace-two and would end up hitting trip deuces to send Haxton home first on Day 2. Cord Garcia fell down to the new short stack of the tournament and would call the remainder of his stack with pocket eights from a three-bet shove of Peters with ace-two. The board ran out poorly as Peters would pick up a lot of outs on the turn, hitting one of them on the river when his ace spiked the tabled, eliminated Garcia in fifth place. Adams found himself as one of the shorter stacks after having his two pair fall to Peters turned full house earlier in the final table.

Adams then called his remaining chips all in after Peters moved all in from the cutoff. Peters queen-jack was far behind the king-jack of Adams, but when the board ran out with four hearts, it would be Peters taking down the pot with his runner-runner flush, eliminating the Day 2 chipleader in fourth place.

Rainer Kempe made several good moves to steal pots from Peters and many good folds to outlast the short stacks when he needed to do so. Peters was applying a heavy amount of pressure and constantly moving all in on Kempe when it got down to three-handed play.

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