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Bluffing and Position

Your position can also affect the chances of a bluff’s success. In most games with tough players, You've found it easier to bluff if you are first than if you are second and your opponent has checked. There are two reasons for this. If your opponent has checked to you, he knows he has shown weakness with his check, and when you bet, he suspects you are trying to take advantage of his weakness. So he's likely to call with any kind of hand. And, if he has a really bad hand, he might very well have tried to bluff himself. Since he checked instead, the chances are good he has a calling hand, and when you bet out on a bluff, he's likely to call, even if he thinks he's a small underdog. So in situations on the end where your hand can't win by checking but where you have reason to believe your opponent may be weak, a bluff in first position is more likely to succeed than a bluff in second position.

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