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4bet Bluffing

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4bet bluffing is an essential part of the modern game. Its something that happens across all levels and in every form of poker. We do it to stop people 3betting us relentlessly, to re-steal pots and to make sure we are making money from none showdowns. When 4bet bluffing we need to be conscious of many things:

1) our reputation Going for a 4bet bluff when we may be showing signs of tilt or excessive 4bet bluffing may not be the best idea.

2) villains stats. we want to look at their 3bet % on our hem/pt huds. anything over 12% can warrant a 4bet bluff to be executed against.

3) villains stacks. being over 100bb effective makes this alot easier. short stackers may feel priced in and call off vs us.

Most 4bet bluffing happens in late position. Many blind v blind battles, btn v blind and co v btn battles will happen. This is because restealing is key to making money. I recommend having somewhat of a decent holding when doing this. Sometimes we will get jammed on and have to fold (DO NOT become married to your hand, we are 4bet bluffing and NOT calling it off with bad holdings).

Other times the villain will peal and see the flop. If we are holding 82 then we are not going to be able to continue on many flops. So try having somewhat connecting cards such as J9, 58, Q8. This will give us more chance to connect with the board. Obviously if pealed we can rep certain boards so just be conscious of the flop texture, our holdings and villains tendencies. Also if we are holding Ace-rag we know its far less likely for them to be holding big aces that they will 5bet jam on us with such as AK and AQ. Using this card as a blocker we can 4bet bluff as its narrowed their value jamming raise down. it also makes them fold out betters aces that they cant jam on us profitably with such as A10 and AJ. Try and make sure you don't keep turning strong hands into bluffs.

Calling in position vs these high 3betters can be very profitable. We don't want to get 5 bet jammed on and lose value of a hand such as KQ suited or mid pairs such as 66,77,88,99. We can play these profitably in position knowing that we are ahead of villains 3betting range. making a set, having a over pair or making top pair will allow us to be able to pick off post flop bluffs and get value for our hand vs an aggressive opponent. Constantly be aware of not turning strong value hands into bluffs. If we 4bet hands such as AK, AK, QQ and JJ we should be calling off vs a 5bet jam. This is because we have good equity vs our opponents range and we will be getting the mathematically correct odd to make a call profitable.

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