Heads-up match #3, $25/50, $5,000 starting stacks

Hand 1

He opens to $150, I fold 6‐9o.

Hand 2

I raise A‐5o to $150, he folds.

Hand 3

He opens to $150, I fold 6‐9o again.

Hand 4

I raise 6‐8o to $150, he calls. The flop is A♦‐Q♥‐5♣, he checks and I bet $250. A check is reasonable, too, especially given the board as opposed to if it was A‐3‐5 where it’s less likely he has paired up. It’s also possible he’ll just fold his pair immediately. He called in the game. Turn is the 9♥; I just have a gutshot draw, which isn’t many outs to semi‐bluff with, at this point I have pretty much given up on winning the pot. River comes a J♥ and he leads out $425, and given I have no read it is quite risky to try and bluff raise him so I fold.

Hand 5

He raises to $150, I call with 8♣‐Q♣, a standard call. The flop is A♣‐10♦‐2♦, I check, he bets $300 and I fold.

Hand 6

I raise J‐3o to $150 and he folds.

Hand 7

He raises to $150 and I fold 9‐2o.

Hand 8

I raise K‐5o to $150, he folds.

Hand 9

He raises 2♥-8♦ to $150 and I fold. I’ve been playing pretty tight so far so I am looking to take advantage of that soon by reraising him pre‐flop as a bluff.

Hand 10

I raise Q‐10s to $150, he folds.

Hand 11

He raises to $150; I fold 9‐4o. I am tempted to raise but this hand is just too weak, especially against an unknown.

Hand 12

I limp with 8‐6o, he checks. Flop is 2♣‐9♠‐K♥, he checks and I bet $75 as I would on any flop he checked to me. He folds.

Hand 13

He folds.

Hand 14

I open to $150 with K‐3o, he calls. Flop is 10♣‐3♦‐4♥, he checks and I check. If I bet and he calls me I will not be happy and if he folds it won’t help me too much so I check to see how things go. The turn is the 2♦, he leads out $300. This is a good board for him to semi‐bluff with ace high, since he has the gutshot draw, which gives him four additional outs. Since I checked the flop I think he could be bluffing or semi‐bluffing so I call. The river is the 8♣, he leads out $425. On the turn I made a decision that I was probably ahead, but on the river I have no information, and his bet felt like he was value betting so I folded.

Hand 15

He folds.

Hand 16

I fold 3‐8o.

Hand 17

He raises to $150 and I call with 10♦‐9♣, which is standard. This hand deserves to be played HU. A reraise as a bluff is to be considered but he’s won all the pots so far and when people are winning they can loosen up with their extra money and also play better, so that is a bad time to be reraise bluffing out of position with a mar‐ ginal hand. The flop is 2♠‐3♠‐K♦, I check and he checks. The turn is the 4♠; this is a bad card to bluff because if he has ace high he can call now. If the turn was the 7♣ then to call with ace high he would have to think he’s best a good amount of the time. Now he can think that he has the best hand a little bit of the time and the other times that he can outdraw me. So I check, he checks. The river is the 7♣, I’m not sure what he has now – I think it could be nothing but in this situation I don’t really need to risk a lot to bluff. If he has any pair at all he might call a full pot bet because we checked all the previous streets. If he has a high card he will probably fold to me, and fold to any bet at all. A big bet isn’t necessary vs. him if he just has a jack high, queen high, and maybe ace high. So I bet $50, he folded.

Hand 18

I raise to $150 with 10‐6o, he calls. The flop is J♠‐K♥‐6♦, he checks, and I check too. If he calls I’m probably beat. The turn comes the 3♦. He leads out $200; this bet could be any sort of made hand, his hand range is wide here. Since his hand range is wide and not strong this is a good opportunity to bluff raise him. There are also draws on this board, so a few things could happen here. He could call me with a strong made hand, like a pair of kings. He could fold a weaker made hand like a pair of jacks. Or he could call me with a straight or flush draw. If he calls me with a draw that is good because he doesn’t have pot odds – he thinks he has implied odds but he really doesn’t because we aren’t giving him any more action. The problem with this play arises in a couple of cases – first when we misjudged his hand range and he has a strong hand a lot of the time or when he calls us with a weak made hand a lot of the time. In this case he folded.

Hand 19

He raises to $150 and I have K♦‐10♠ and reraise to $500. Raising to $500 here in itself is probably a breakeven play more or less, but I want to ensure that he gives me action when I reraise with a good hand. The reason I raised to $500 and not $450 is I wanted to try and get him to fold, but he calls (which isn’t really too bad). The flop is 10♦‐Q♠‐4♥, I check and he checks.

The turn is the 5♠, it seems like my hand is best and there are a fair number of cards that are bad for me – a nine, a jack, or an ace. Not only that but on the flop if I checked and he bet there’s a decent chance I’d just fold. However, on the turn since he checked behind on the flop there is more doubt in my mind (and fewer streets to build a pot and force me out) so I am willing to put a bet into the pot. I have to decide what is better, to check‐call or to bet and get called. Betting and getting called is a better way to get money into the pot so I do. He calls, the river is the A♥.

This is an interesting spot to bet because after he calls the turn there is a fair chance he has a pair of queens. It could be A‐Q in which case he is calling my bet, but it could also be Q‐K or Q‐J or even Q‐9, in which case he folds. Even if he has a hand like A‐J that was peeling the flop lightly because he thought he might be ahead, and even if he wasn’t he could outdraw me, he will have a hard time calling. He’ll have a hard time calling because I’ll bet close to the pot at about $2,300, and also because after I reraised pre‐flop and bet so big on such a high coordinated board that is showing a lot of strength, and it’s completely consistent and believable. In the end though I decided not to bluff because my hand could be good now, and if it isn’t my bluff is mainly to make him fold a pair of queens

However, after further consideration a bet is best because there is little downside since his hand range is so wide and weak. He could have a pocket pair J‐J or below tens that can’t call my bet or wouldn’t be able to bluff me. He can have a straight draw or flush draw and if he had the flush draw with ace high there is very little chance he can call my bet – the only thing he has that is good is the K‐J but that is just one hand. A‐4 and A‐5 which would give him two pair he probably folds pre‐flop or on the turn. A‐Q gives us trouble but there are fewer hand combinations of A‐Q than there are of Q‐K, and we can also combine Q‐K and Q‐J to give us a lot more combos of pairs of queens he could have that will fold the river in‐ stead of call.

After I checked he bet $825, apparently a small value bet from a small made hand like A‐K, A‐J or A‐x with a flush draw. It could be a big hand making a small bet to be tricky and gain value but as we already established from hand reading it’s hard for him to have two pair. It’s probably not a pair of queens going for a thin value bet, as it takes a special kind of player to make such an aggressive value bet and they are not too common. He could also have some random hand that is impossible to put him on. Given that we’re getting such good pot odds of 3/1 a call is justified. Although given his hand ranges it makes sense to check‐raise all‐in because a likely hand for him to have is a bare pair of kings, and given the scary board and our reraise pre‐flop and turn bet, it would look strong. However, I ended up folding because I had vague worries about him value bet‐ ting a pair of queens, and if that’s true it widens his hand range significantly and makes it a fold. But after thinking things through it’s clear he isn’t betting a queen so I should have at least called. He showed 7‐6s.

Hand 20

It’s important now to tilt as little as possible. He might think we are tilting so we should take advantage of that by making thinner value bets. Also the fact that he would underbet bluff the river there and show a bluff is a bad play and it made me lose respect for the opponent so I will adjust accordingly. I have K‐Jo and raise to $150, he calls. Flop is K♣‐10♦‐Q♦, he check‐folds when I bet $300, my hand was pretty good so I wanted value.

Hand 21

He folds. Sometimes people loosen up after winning because they have a big stack and don’t realize the value of the money any more since there is so much, and sometimes they tighten up to protect their winnings. This is an indication he is tightening up but we will learn more soon.

Hand 22

I raise to $150 with K‐6o, he calls. The flop is 8♦‐5♣‐J♥; he checks and I check. The turn is the 4♠; he checks and I check. The river is the 9♠, he bets $175, kind of suspicious but I’m not sure, and without a read bluffs are bad so I fold.

Hand 23

He limps, I check with 4♠-9♣; the flop is A♠‐4♥‐5♦; I check fold to his $100. Just because I hit something doesn’t mean I need to continue – it’s a weak made hand with not many outs (if I’m behind), and I’m out of position.

Hand 24

I raise to $150 with 8‐6o, he folds.

Hand 25

He raises to $150, I fold 4‐5o.

Hand 26

I fold 4‐2o.

Hand 27

He folds.

Hand 28

I raise 4♣-9♣ to $150, he calls. The flop is A♦‐10♥‐Q♠, he checks and he checked so fast it felt like he was just hurrying to get to the next hand because he had nothing, so I bet $250, he folded.

Hand 29

He raises to $150, I fold 10‐6o.

Hand 30

I raise to $150 with Q♥-7♥, he calls. The flop is 2♦‐10♥‐2♠, he checks and I check. Since I’ve raised pre‐flop a fair amount I think he will be suspicious of me on a board like 2‐2‐10 since it is so uncoordi‐ nated it’s unlikely I hit. The turn is the 6♦, he leads out $300 and I fold, not much I can do there.

Hand 31

He raises to $150 and I fold J‐3o.

Hand 32

Now he has $7,000 and I have $5,000. I raise to $150 with 4♠-5♠ and he folds.

Hand 33

He raises to $150 and I have 10‐4o and fold. It’s about time to reraise him again to mix it up but we need some semblance of a hand.

Hand 34

I raise 8‐6o to $150, he folds.

Hand 35

He folds.

Hand 36

I fold 4♠-10♣. It would be quite easy to raise here with the mindset of “I’m here to win money.” But I’m playing to simply play the game of poker and play the game as best I can. Sometimes when playing the game as best I can I have to lose money, as if I’m getting bad cards I can’t force myself to win money – it doesn’t work like that. I just have to keep playing my best and be proud of that, and as a result money will come.

Hand 37

He folds.

Hand 38

I raise 4♠-9♠ to $150. The way I like to break people down is by ap‐ plying pressure to them, annoying them, and forcing them to fight back and do something. He calls, the flop is 5♥‐7♠‐Q♣, he checks and I check. The turn is the 10♥, he bets $300 and I fold. That is okay; if he is going to bet all the turns after I check the flop I can adjust.

Hand 39

He folds.

Hand 40

I fold 2‐9o.

Hand 41

He raises to $150, I have 10‐10. Calling is reasonable and so is raising, but I choose to raise because I almost certainly have the best hand, and since he called me before when I reraised, I thought he’d call again. He folded.

Hand 42

I raise to $150 with Q‐8o, he folds.

Hand 43

He raises to $150, I reraise to $450 with 9‐9. I reraised because my hand is almost certainly better than his hand. Also because I am not afraid of playing this person out of position with a tricky hand like 9‐9. He calls, the flop comes K♠‐Q♣‐Q♦, I check and he checks. There is not much for me to accomplish with a bet. The turn is the 7♥, I check and he checks, again there is not much for me to do with a bet. The river is the A♠, I check he checks and mucks 6‐7s. Note how vs. a good player we would have lost this pot (and also how our reraise preflop would have created problems for us post‐flop) but against him we won money and had no problems. That should make us happy to be in this game. This hand is a good example of where we just won $450 not because of how the cards happened to fall, but be‐ cause we play better than our opponent and we earned the $450. Now we have good momentum which means I will play better and he will play worse.

Hand 44

I raise to $150 with A‐8o, he calls. The flop is Q♠‐K♦‐3♥, we both check. The turn is the 10♦ and he leads out $200. He keeps leading out when I check behind the flop and he can’t always have a good hand, also he bet less here than normal which could be weakness, and also we have outs, so I chose here to semi‐bluff raise pot to $900. He folded.

Hand 45

He raises to $150, I fold K‐4o.

Hand 46

I limp with 2‐5s, he raises to $150 and since I have the momentum and am playing well and have position I call – if it wasn’t suited I would fold. The flop is 2♣‐J♠‐3♦, he bets $300. I have position, a pair and am not convinced that he has anything so I call the $300. The turn is the 5♥ and he leads out $450. We have two pair which, HU, is quite a strong hand, but still he bet just $450 and we both have $5,000 left so if we are going to get it all‐in that is a lot more, and also our two pair is a low two pair. We have to decide if we are happy to get it all‐in here. Given that he doesn’t seem to be too skilled an opponent, and that it’s a little hard to put him on a better hand, it would be okay to get all in. Also our hand is quite vulner‐ able, so I raised to $1,700 and he folded.

Hand 47

He folds.

Hand 48

I raise to $150 with 8‐10, he folds. I have $7,000 and he has $5,000.

Hand 49

He folds.

Hand 50

I open to $150 with 5‐Qo, he reraises to $450 and I fold.

Hand 51

He raises to $150. I fold K‐9 (which I wouldn’t normally do but my computer crashed!).

Hand 52

He folds.

Hand 53

I fold 3‐2o.

Hand 54

He raises to $150, I fold 3‐6s. HU big cards are good and small suited cards don’t have that much value. Playing HU a bad strategy is to call pre‐flop with speculative hands, hope they hit, and hope you get a lot of money into the pot when they do hit – because most of the time they won’t hit and you will just have to fold and lose your pre‐ flop investment. In HU hold’em if you are going to loosen up pre‐ flop you have to also loosen up post‐flop and fight for more pots.

Hand 55

I raise to $150 with 8‐6s, he folds.

Hand 56

He raises to $150. I fold 10‐7.

Hand 57

I raise to $150 with Q‐6, he reraises to $450, I fold. I’ve been opening a lot pre‐flop so his last two reraises of me were good skillful ad‐ justments by him, which cost me some money.

Hand 58

He folds.

Hand 59

I fold 5‐2o.

Hand 60

He raised to $150, and I called with 7♣‐9♣. I check and he bets $300 on a board of 9♦‐5♠‐5♣. Normally I would call because it’s not that strong a hand but since the board was so dry I thought a raise might be deceptive and look like a bluff. In retrospect I probably just wanted to mix it up and build a big pot because I was bored from all the inaction. He called, which was my plan, but really it is a suspect plan. My standard line of calling is good for a reason, and there’s a reason why I almost always do it instead of raising. The reason is that my hand isn’t that good and once he calls me I can’t be too happy.

The turn comes the 5♥, I check and he bets $525. My hand is decently strong and with those pot odds a call is quite reasonable. He could have a pair of nines, some wacky bluff or a low pocket pair protecting his hand and going for a free showdown on the river. I called, the river is the Q♦, I check and he bets $2,400. Given the inaction in the game so far, and the fact that I’m still down $500, I really wanted to call to win a pot and to see a showdown and almost did.

Fortunately, however, I took some time to think it through. He called my flop bet and then made a small value bet on the turn then bet big on the river. That is basically him showing strength, and my hand is quite mediocre. It’s quite possible he has a pocket pair above nines, and even possible he has quad fives because the flop wasn’t 5‐5‐5, so it’s more likely he has a 5 in his hand. Also his turn bet makes sense with a five because his hand is so strong he is trying to get any action he can, unafraid of any cards that come. I folded and he won the pot.

Hand 61

I raise to $150 with K‐2o, he calls. The flop is K♥‐K♦‐3♠, he check‐ folds to a $250 bet. Checking is reasonable, too. Note that we don’t flip a coin to randomize the decision so we become “unreadable” and “unexploitable” by the opponent. Since we are better than the opponent we out‐think him and keep adding in pieces of informa‐ tion and analysis until we can decide which is a better play in this specific hand.

Hand 62

He folds.

Hand 63

I fold 10‐3o.

Hand 64

He raises to $150, I call with 2‐2. The flop is A♣‐Q♥‐4♣, I check, he

checks. The turn is the J♦, I check, he bets $300, I fold. The board is so coordinated and my hand is so weak this is an easy fold.

Hand 65

I raise to $150 with J‐9o, he calls. The flop is 2♦‐A♣‐10♥, he checks, I bet $300, he folds. It’s good to continuation bet bluff some of the time.

Hand 66

I have Q♣-10♣, he raises to $150 and I reraise to $475, he folds. It’s okay if he folds or calls and it’s also an okay play for me to flat call. I reraised here because he plays badly, so I’d rather he played badly with me in a big reraised pot than in a small pot so I can win more money faster.

Hand 67

I raise to $150 with Q‐7o, he folds.

Hand 68

He folds. Now I have $6,700 and he has $5,300.

Hand 69

I fold 2‐8o.

Hand 70

He folds.

Hand 71

I fold 9‐3o.

Hand 72

He folds.

Hand 73

I limp with A♦-9♥ to mix it up. He was losing and we had just played a lot of small pots so I thought he might get frustrated when I limped and raise me, and then I could reraise him with position. He checked. The flop is 10♣‐8♠‐K♥, he checks, I check. The turn is the J♥. He bets $100, I fold.

Hand 74

He folds.

Hand 75

I raise A‐Qo to $150, he folds.

Hand 76

He raises to $150, I call with 10‐8 – it’s not the best hand but I ha‐ ven’t called many of his raises so he should give my call a little re‐ spect, which will give me room to manoeuvre post‐flop. The flop is 5♦‐4♠‐4♣, I check, he checks behind. The turn is the J♠ and this is my opportunity to try and take it after he checked, so I bet $275 and he calls. Maybe he hit a pair of jacks – that is most likely and it will be very unlikely that I can push him off it so I pretty much give up on the hand at this point. The river is the 2♦, I check fold to his $450 bet.

Hand 77

I raise 5♦‐9♦ to $150, he calls. The flop is 4♥‐6♠‐J♠, we both check. The turn is the K♦, he checks. He kept betting when I checked on the flop, so now he doesn’t bet I interpret it as him having no hand so I bluff $300 and he folds. Unless he has a pair of jacks or kings it’s hard for him to call and given his history of betting out on the turn so much it seems like he would lead out with kings or jacks.

Hand 78

He folds.

Hand 79

I win with a raise to $150 with 9♠-2♠. Hand 80

He raises to $150, I fold K‐7o.

Hand 81

I fold 6‐2o.

Hand 82

He folds.

Hand 83

I raise to $150 with A‐K; he calls. The flop is 7♣‐K♦‐7♥. Some people always bet here, and a smaller group of people always check here. Some people might say flipping a coin to randomize is the best thing to do but none of them are right. The best player first of all adjusts to his opponent and for some opponents a bet is better here, and for some a check is better. And they also adjust to how the game has been playing lately to make this decision. Versus this opponent a check is probably better since he seems to bet out on the turn so much. If an opponent doesn’t bluff often it’s better to just bet the flop and try and get value. Some opponents are smart and if they have J‐10 and hit a pair of tens on the turn won’t lose a lot of money because they will see our flop check for what it was, a trap. Others will lose money. These are some factors to consider in whether to bet or check here. I bet, but that was an impatient mistake – as I said since he bets out on the turn so much this is a good spot to check.

Hand 84

He raises to $150, I fold 4‐10o.

Hand 85

I fold Q‐2o.

Hand 86

He raises to $150, I fold 5‐6o. He’s playing okay poker but I can out‐ wait him. Also he played bad in our one big pot earlier and it’s only a matter of time before he does the same again.

Hand 87

I raise 5♣-9♠ to $150, he calls. The flop is J♣‐6♥‐7♣, he checks, I check. The turn is the 9♣, he checks, I check. A reason not to bet here is be‐ cause our hand could be good and because we have draws and if he raises us on this sort of drawy board it could be a semi‐bluff. How‐ ever this opponent seems to be quite passive. Because of that fact a bet should be considered to gain value against worse made hands and draws or combinations of the two, and to prevent him bluffing me on the river, and also we then have flexibility in how we play the river if he calls us and has a better hand. However, I didn’t think through all that and just checked, which is my standard play. The river is the 3♦, he led out $300 and I folded. This is a close decision but he doesn’t have a history of bluffing a lot so I folded – it’s impor‐ tant to play precise poker and save these small‐ to medium‐sized bets when possible.

Hand 88

He folded.

Hand 89

I fold 9‐2o.

Hand 90

He folds. Now I have $7,000 and he has $5,000.

Hand 91

I fold 4‐3o.

Hand 92

He raises to $150, I call with K♣-5♣; this is a standard call as K‐xs is a decent hand. The flop is K♥‐7♣‐4♣; I check, he checks. The turn is the 5♠; this is a good time to check. I want to get as much money into the pot as I can and after I check two times it becomes more tempting for him to bet. The board is kind of coordinated so he can bet the turn with a lot of made hands, draws, and combos of them both.

And when I check‐raise given the drawy nature of the board he won’t know whether I have a made hand or am semi‐bluffing.

I check, he bet $300 and I check‐raised the pot to $1,200, which he called. The river is the 9♣, so now it’s time to bet as much as I think he’ll call, which felt like $2,400. He called with K‐9, and made a bad play by calling my turn check‐raise. He got tricked by my play and should have just folded as he’s either behind or I have a lot of outs.

Hand 93

I fold J‐6o. Now I have $8,200, he has $3,200.

Hand 94

He raises to $150, I fold 10♥-3♥. Hand 95

I limp with 5♣-7♦, I thought he might be steaming and more likely to call my raise or reraise me and 5‐7o isn’t a good hand to deal with those possibilities. He checked. The flop is 7♥‐5♦‐2♦, he bet $100. It felt like he had nothing so I wanted to let him hang himself and just called. Raising the flop is the standard play, as there are straight and flush draws that both outdraw us and also ruin our action. But the reason I just called was because he was probably steaming and had nothing and if he had absolutely nothing just calling is the right play. The turn is the Q♥ and he check‐folds.

Hand 96

He raises to $150, I fold Q‐4o.

Hand 97

I raise 9‐9 to $150, he folds.

Hand 98

He raises to $150, I fold J‐4o.

Hand 99

I raise K‐10o to $150, he folds.

Hand 100

He raises to $150, I have A‐A . Normally this is a reraise but given that he has raised every hand since losing the big pot and is appar‐ ently tilting, he probably does not have a hand so it’s unclear what he’ll do against a reraise (probably fold). Also since he is tilting he will probably commit too much to a pot post‐flop with one pair hands or top pair hands. So I just called.

The flop is A♠‐9♦‐10♦, I check and he checks. The turn is the 2♥ and I lead out. A check‐raise might be a nice play here but it’s pretty risky that he’ll check behind pairs of tens and nines that he might call my bet with. Also he’d fold those to a check‐raise, which is bad, so we just bet out. He calls and the river is the A♦. From his perspective this is a mixed card – it makes it less likely we hold an ace but it does make the flush which is something we could have had. There is nothing we can do here but bet and hope he calls. I bet $750 and he called with K‐10o, so clearly he is tilting.

Hand 101

I open 10‐Jo to $150, he reraises me to $450, and strategically there is no reason to force marginal situations now. He is playing very badly.

I don’t want to let him double up and then he will start playing bet‐ ter. It’s much better here to play tight and wait for a clear winning situation. I folded.

Hand 102

He folds.

Hand 103

I fold 5‐2o. Now he has $2,000 and I have $10,000.

Hand 104

He raises to $150, I fold K‐7o.

Hand 105

I raise J♥‐Q♥ to $150, he folds. Hand 106

He raises to $150, I fold 3‐6o.

Hand 107

I raise 8♣-6♣ to $150, he folds. Hand 108

He folds.

Hand 109

I fold 4‐6o.

Hand 110

He raises to $150, I call with A‐5o. It’s reasonable to fold this hand pre‐flop, but here I call since he’s playing bad, and also since he only has 40 big blinds that will make our decisions easier if we hit top pair. I call, the flop is 4♥‐2♣‐8♠, I check, he checks. The turn is the 3♣. I don’t think he’s calling, and if he has nothing I want to give him
the chance to hit something, and if he has something a check‐raise line here is nice too for trying to win more money. He checks behind, the river is the 3♠. It doesn’t seem like he has anything to call my bet. So I tried to trap him for a bluff again, or if he did have something I can check‐raise and he will probably call, which is key to this play, since our check‐raise looks so suspicious. Unfortunately he checked behind with ace high. That is a hand we missed value in as he probably was calling a turn bet with his two overcards and straight outs, and also he might have even called the river on such a dry board with ace high.

Hand 111

I raise to $150 with 10‐8o, he folds.

Hand 112

He raises to $150, I call with Q‐K. It’s reasonable to raise but if he goes all‐in (which is relatively easy for him because of his stack size) things are awkward for me. Also vs. this bad opponent a low variance approach is good so he doesn’t get a chance to get even and play better or leave. The flop is Q♣‐8♣‐J♥; this is a good situation to win all of his remaining $2,000. I have a good hand, good enough to go all‐in with and the board is coordinated so he can have lesser hands. There are a lot of hands here that will check behind on the flop like a pair of jacks or eights, or a pair and a gutshot straight draw, or an overcard and gutshot straight draw so I bet out $250 and he called.

The turn is the 6♠ and there is no way to trap him really, although in a way we have by betting out on the flop when he is tilting and a lot of the time people lead with semi‐bluffs. If we check here it makes a lot of sense for him to check behind with all of the hands we want to gain value against so we just have to bet out again and have him make a decision. So I bet $800 and he went all‐in, and I called obvi‐ ously. He had A‐J and lost his last money.

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