How to use bluff outs and increase chances of winning pots against recreational players

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How to use bluff outs and increase chances of winning pots against recreational players
If I get invited to a costume party this Halloween, I’m going as a flush.

Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of recreational hold’em players like the sight of that dreaded third flush card on the board. Just this weekend, I heard a player tell a story of how he was in a big pot and was so worried about the flush coming in that he mucked his cards without realizing he’d backed into the best hand with a straight.

Knowing how to use the threat of the flush to beat recreational players is an integral part of every good poker player’s game. Here are two ways that you can use flush cards to your advantage.

  • 1. To bluff with your straight draws
  • 2. To get max value with your made straights
  • Conclusion

    This may seem like out-of-the-box play to some, but I don’t think it’s even optional. Simply chasing draws and folding when you miss isn’t likely to be the best strategy in the long run.

    If you aren’t already making good use of frightening flush cards, this Halloween is the perfect time to give it a try. After all, everyone is already on edge and seeing monsters under the bed.
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