Bluffing From Out of Position With a Junky Draw
Here's another interesting hand from a $5,000 World Series of Poker event in which I chose to play a draw aggressively from out of position.
The effective stacks were 80 big blinds, and with the blinds 500/1,000 action began with a (possibly) tight-aggressive player on my left raising to 2,300. It folded around to me in the big blind where I had been dealt and I called.
The flop came . I checked and my opponent bet 2,800, about half-pot.
As I discuss in the video below, I considered whether or not check-raising might be a good play here with my open-ended straight draw, but ultimately chose just to call both because of the great pot odds and because my opponent had such a great range advantage with this board.
The turn was the . I checked again, and this time by opponent bet 6,800, again a little over half the pot.
Here with just one card to come I chose to check-raise with my junky draw. Watch the video below to listen to how I explain my rationale for doing so, and see what happened next when I was called and then missed again on the river.
Is this a good spot to bluff-raise like this? What do you think?
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