Here are the questions, answers, and explanations from our When to Bluff Quiz
Question #1. You’re in the big blind with 40bbs in a tournament and the BTN raises. What hand should be used to 3-bet bluff the most often?
Explanation: K6o. At this stack depth, you want to bluff with hands that have good blocker value (a A or K) and also don’t realize their equity well like off-suit big card-little card hands.
Question #2. You’re in the big blind with 100bbs in a cash game and the BTN raises. What hand should be used to 3-bet bluff the most often?
Explanation: T7s. At this stack depth, you want to bluff with hands that have good playability and realize their equity well from OOP with deep-stacks.
Question #3. You raise from the LJ with QJo 100bbs and the BB calls. The flop comes 9c-6d-2s. The BB checks, you bet ⅔ pot, and the BB calls. What turn is best for you to keep bluffing on?
Explanation: Kh. The opponent will still have some Ax in their range, but they will fold almost all of their hands containing a K. This makes it a great card for you to keep bluffing. You also now have a gutshot which gives you some equity against your opponents strong hands.
Question #4. When you’re playing very deep-stacked poker, what is an important trait to keep in mind about your bluffs?
Blockers are extremely important. When you’re deep-stacked, blocking the nuts allows you to really put the pressure on because it takes away tons of calling hands from your opponent.
You want your bluffs to have no show down value always.
You want your bluffs to be able to sometimes win when they get called deep-stacked.
Explanation: Blockers are extremely important. When you’re deep-stacked, blocking the nuts allows you to really put the pressure on because it takes away tons of calling hands from your opponent.
Question #5. When you’re playing a multi-way pot versus a heads-up pot, which situation do you get to bluff more in?
Explanation: Heads-up pots. When action is multi-way, you should bluff less because it’s more likely that one of the opponents has a strong hand that won’t fold.
Question #6. You are on the river with 10,000 chips behind and 5,000 chips in the pot. What bet size should you use to be able to bluff with the most hands possible in your range?
Explanation: Bet 10000. The larger the bet size you use, the more bluffs that you can have in your range. This is because your opponent has to call big bets less often, so you can bluff more!
Question #7. You are on the river with 10,000 chips behind and 10,000 chips in the pot. You go all-in with a polarized range of value hands and bluffs. What ratio of bluffs to value hands should you have in your range?
2 value hands : 1 bluff
1 value hand : 1 bluff
2 bluffs : 1 value hand
3 bluffs : 1 value hand
Explanation: 2 value hands : 1 bluff. You are giving your opponent pot odds = 33%, where they risk 1 to win 3. So you want to structure your range so that your opponent doesn’t win more than 33% of the time, making him indifferent.
Question #8. You are in the LJ and raise to 2.5bbs and only the BTN calls (100bb effective). The board comes Td-3s-2c and you check. The BTN bets ⅓ pot. What hand makes for the best check-raise bluff?
Explanation: QJss. Having 2 overcards to the T, a backdoor straight draw, and a backdoor flush draw make this a great hand to go for the check-raise bluff with.
Question #9. You are in the BB with 40bbs facing a raise from the LJ, you call. The board comes Qc-Ts-2h and checks through. The turn comes 7h. What hand is best to go for a bluff on the turn?
Explanation: J4hh. You want to bluff with hands that can river a very strong hand (like a flush). So you should look to check all other combos except for J4hh above.
Question #10. You have AhKh in the LJ and raise off 60bbs, the BB calls. The flop comes Qh-5d-2h. The BB checks and you bet ⅓ pot, the BB calls. The turn is the Tc. The BB checks and you bet ¾ pot, the BB calls. The river is the 3d. The BB checks. Is this a good spot to bluff?
Explanation: No. You should give up with this hand and check back. You have the Ah and Kh, so you’re blocking a ton of your opponents folding hands that would play like this. This weights your opponents range to be more pair heavy. You’d much rather have KJdd to go for the bluff in this spot.
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