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Bluffing From Out of Position With a Junky Draw

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 {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and I called.

The flop came {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{5-Spades}. 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 {7-Spades}. 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?

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,800,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at JonathanLittlePoker.com. Sign up to learn poker from Jonathan for free at PokerCoaching.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle..

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