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StrategyWeekly No Limit

4-Bet Bluffs (1) - Theory


4-Bet Bluff (1) - Theory

by MiiWiin

Today you'll get to know a strong No Limit Hold'em weapon – the 4-bet bluff. It's a very difficult subject to deal with as there are a lot of different factors involved. Nonetheless, you can learn some basics here and find out when 4-bet bluffs are best with the help of numerous examples.

This is the first of five columns on this complex subject. The theory section is covered in three of the columns. The other two parts are filled with examples some of which would be found in position, others out of position.

The theory part deals with the following factors (the bold points are covered in part 1):

  • Why 4-bet at all?
  • Balancing
  • Raise sizes
  • Your equity
  • Bluff / value hands
  • Important opponents' stats
  • Ideal opponents
  • Potential hands
  • Villains 3-bet range and the card removal effect
  • General bluff frequencies
  • Situation-specific bluff frequencies (table image, game flow, history)
  • Your position
  • What do you do after a call?
  • Alternatives
  • Tilt resistance

That's not the entire article...

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Comments (5)

#1 darkod80, 16 May 11 05:08

very nice article

#2 rorri, 21 May 11 11:25


#3 GoldenGomez, 05 Jun 11 22:42

Very good article!
Just one thing: in the first example, aren't the opponent's odds 42:18 instead of 46:12?

#4 GoldenGomez, 05 Jun 11 22:42

42:18 instead of 46:18*

#5 MiiWiin, 06 Jun 11 08:00

Villain has to pay 18BB more, the pot ist (30BB + 12bb + 4BB =) 46BB.