From Daniel Negreanu's MasterClass

Executing the Bluff: Hand Reviews

Using footage from three different hands, Daniel reveals how he detects value-to-bluff ratios, exploits player tendencies, and pulls off triple-barrel bluffs at game speed.

Topics include: Exploiting Player Tendencies vs. Phil Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson • Detecting Value-to-Bluff Ratios vs. Phil Ivey • Triple-Barrel Bluffing vs. Bryn Kenney


Using footage from three different hands, Daniel reveals how he detects value-to-bluff ratios, exploits player tendencies, and pulls off triple-barrel bluffs at game speed.

Topics include: Exploiting Player Tendencies vs. Phil Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson • Detecting Value-to-Bluff Ratios vs. Phil Ivey • Triple-Barrel Bluffing vs. Bryn Kenney

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OK, so in this hand there is a lot to it. Obviously Phil Hellmuth and I go way back and have played a lot of hands against each other and I've picked up a good amount of tendencies that-- you know, and traps that he falls into. There's also going to be an opportunity here to really sort of make a live read, not only just by looking at Phil but also some of the things he says. We're going to look at how his bet size in this situation limits the range of hands that he can have. So let's take a look here at this hand from the "Big Game". ANNOUNCER: How about a reraise to 3,600? DANIEL NEGREANU: All right, let's stop it right there. So don't try this at home. This should have a viewer discretion is advised across the bottom because obviously 6-2 suited isn't a hand that should be in your three-betting range. But as I said, I do have a metagame with Phil Hellmuth that goes back many, many years, and I sensed his raise there is going to be pretty light, and I don't mind playing hands in position with him. Plus, there's the added bonus of we're on TV. We're trying to play a little more loose and have more fun and, you know, create some fun hands. So all of that went into my decision making here. As far as Phil's range, you know, he is raising under the gun. One of the things we know about Hellmuth is with some of his stronger hands like, you know, 9 10s, jacks, ace-king, ace-queen, his raise sizing is bigger. So what we can extrapolate from this is the fact that he's just made a min raise, we can eliminate some of the stronger hands from his range, you know, like the aces, kings, queens. A lot of those big hands, ace-king, he's going to make a bigger raise a lot of the time. And that's a trap you don't want to fall into. You should pick a raise size for these situations and raise your entire range the same amount. Phil here is giving away information by making a min raise with, you know, a weaker hand, which is king-10. And I knew at this time in his career that we could eliminate the strongest part of his range of hands. ANNOUNCER: Forget the loose cannon. Daniel's now trying to isolate Phil Hellmuth. ANNOUNCER: Doyle pocket jacks. ANNOUNCER: Don't think he was counting on Doyle waking up with such a big hand. - Who lost the last pot? DANIEL NEGREANU: Let's stop it right here. So obviously when I make this three bet and Doyle Brunson calls on the button, we know we're in big trouble because Doyle's range here is going to be extremely narrow. Now we can probably eliminate aces and kings from his range because he's probably going to four bet here. Frankly, he should be reraising with these jacks as well in this situation on the button. He likes to call, but now we've basically got him pigeonholed on a range that looks like some ace-king, some ace-queen suiteds-- he's going to fold ace-queen offsuit in this situation, that much we know-- and, you know, hands like 9s, 10s, or jacks. So you'd never want to be in situations w...

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Learned about ranges. Looked at my play and realized I had tells. I need to bluff more. I learned the different strategies for tournament play at different parts of the tournament. I am a modest winning player over the past few years. I have new tools now. What a pleasant class to help me enjoy my hobby even more. Thanks guys!

Definitely understand position strengths and weaknesses better and how to properly bluff as well as aggressive c betting and bet sizing. I liked the tells section as well, gave me great fundamentals to add to my overall game.

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A fellow student

with phils minraise preflop we eliminated QQ in the beginning, then at his turnbet why do we put it back in Phil’s range?? We should continue with the eliminations and inclusions made at start right?

A fellow student

Bad bet sizing w/ the Q3 hand imho. What second best hand is Bryn or however you spell his name, calling w/ on that board? It just doesn't make any sense.

Tim K.

The talent on this table. Doyle Brunson, Tony G and Phil Hellmuth with Daniel always makes for a great game.

Francis F.

One of things that DN is stating repeatedly, and I love it, is the concept of "capped range". Understanding that an opponents action preflop and on each street narrows their range to a very specific set of hands. In the case against Bryn, if he had better than AQ, he would have very likely 4 bet pre. But his flat call caps his range and eliminates those big pairs, 10s and higher. Great stuff here, and something I've never really focused on in my games.

Francis F.

I disagree with the opening warning of this video. If you only play the cards in your range ALL THE TIME, then you will get absolutely no value if you are getting "cold decked" from a hole card perspective. Cold decked could be two things, either your getting dealt hands outside your normal range for a consistent period, or your getting dealt within your range, but he board is missing you constantly. There are two ways to deal with being cold decked, one is to fold or simply leave the game, the other is to work you YOUR meta game, and try some bluffing techniques. So, if you're constantly getting small connectors, or suited connectors dealt to you in early position that you normally wouldn't play. Then try using these as bluffing opportunities. Yes, you might get caught once in a while, but on the bright side of getting caught bluffing, your opponents know you can bluff, and will have an added benefit to you of making more mistakes against you when you have a strong hand.

Aaron S.

I had Ivey on AQ or KQ on that hand. That is how some players choose to play Top/Top on that kind of board texture. I don't think J8 not at all.

Phillip K.

Televised games: are all hands accessible after the fact to other players? Seems you really have to play some odd ranges, and not bluff too much, that you do not become transparent in future adventures. You never know who's watching.


In the game vs. Hellmuth, after the river, DN read the situation really well and so came in with a big raise of $40,000 to try to get PH to fold, which is what happened. But notice that DN's raise was only for about 35-50% of the pot, implying only a 1/4-1/3 probability of winning. Why didn't he bet the full pot or more to represent the nuts and strongly induce PH to fold? The $40,000 was a midling raise, not a strong raise.

A fellow student

Why did you show the pair at the end of the hand? Is there any advantage to showing your cards sometimes? I feel like mucking would always be best and if you don't you're just giving your opponents free information on how you play hands.

Allen C.

So actually later on in the first hand (Hellmuth vs. Negreanu), Phil was trying to justify his river bet of $6000, saying that he was trying make it look like his hand was strong and was just trying to induce Daniel to call for a fair price. Is this ever a viable strategy? In situations where you know you have pretty much the best hand, and you read your opponent to be semi-strong but you have them beat, would it ever make sense to lower your value bet to induce a call even if it means you don't get the right pricing for your hand? RIP Brunson btw.