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Bluffing the Turn: Jonathan Little Barrels Again When Board Doesn’t Change

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  • Knowing your opponent can help you decide when to continue betting as a bluff on an unchanged board.

  • @JonathanLittle breaks down decisions made during an in-the-money hand from a 2015 $5K WSOP event.

Today I’m sharing one more hand from the same World Series of Poker event we’ve been looking at over recent weeks, last summer’s Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed where I managed to make the final table and finish sixth.

By this point the money bubble has just burst and there are a little over 50 players left in the event. The blinds are 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante, and I have a stack of about 200,000 to start the hand (around 50 big blinds).

Having been dealt {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs} in the small blind, I decided to make a fairly standard reraise versus a cutoff raiser. After missing the {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{7-Clubs} flop I made a continuation bet with nothing, then decided to fire again on a {3-Diamonds} turn card that did not appear to help either of us.

It is important to figure out how wide your opponent will call your flop continuation bet. Most players have a specific point in each hand where they revert to playing straightforwardly. Some will play straightforwardly on the flop, some will call with a wide range on the flop then play straightforwardly on the turn, and some will go all the way to the river before playing in a straightforward manner.

If you constantly focus on your opponents’ strategies, you will be able to make educated guesses as to when you should continue betting as a bluff, even when the board doesn’t change.

Watch as I describe my thoughts both before and after the flop in this hand, and see what happens after I fire that second barrel on the turn:

How would you have played this hand? Let me know your thoughts in a comment below.

That wraps up the hands I’m analyzing from this $5K WSOP event. You can check out the earlier ones here:

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,200,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at JonathanLittlePoker.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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