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What is a 3Bet Bluff and When to do it?

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3bet bluffing is used to make our opponent/s fold pre-flop or fold after the flop. However, the majority of the time we are looking to win the hand pre-flop. We want to be 3bet bluffing hands like suited connectors and suited one gappers, as these hands give us a good degree of playability (flop a decent amount of draws and pairs that enable us to semi-bluff) post-flop if we are called. So hands like the following are good candidates to 3bet bluff:

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Other good hands to 3bet bluff are 'blocker' cards to our opponents good hands, as this removes some of the combinations of out opponents 'good hands' that they can have.  Other good hands to 3bet are suited hands with one big card in them, as we have a degree of playability post-flop and reduce the likelihood of our opponent showing up with a 'good hand'. These hands also have top pair making potential - just remember that our kicker is not good, so we don't want to be paying off multiple streets with this hand as we are likely to be beat if our opponent shows a lot of aggression in the hand. The following are examples of other good hands to 3bet bluff:

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