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A bluff is a bet or raise made by a player when they believe their hand is weaker than their opponent's, and is unlikely to become stronger (thus distinguishing a bluff from a semi-bluff). The bluff is a bet made with the sole purpose of causing better hands to fold.

People typically bluff too often.

Example: Hero holds 2s3c utg and open raises to 5x the bb. Cutoff, Button, and small blind all call. Flop comes KhQd9s. Small blind checks, hero bets. Here, hero has the worse hand possible and is very unlikely to improve to the best hand on the turn or river. He bets, hoping that opponents will believe he has a strong hand and will fold.

Created by daven on 22 Jul, 2009
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