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Executing the Bluff: Hand Reviews

Daniel Negreanu

Lesson time 30:26 min

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.

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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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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

very eye opening. more the basics, 2015 wsop would have been cool and how he's thinking cautiously there those folds matter .wild how he goes goes off his watch. you know ive seen everything thing neagruenu, loved the play with salomi. ill re watch im a fiend for poker .love bankroll management yum 20 buy ins

Really enjoyed the class and am going to try and apply all of the stuff that I learned. Daniel is unreal and went into extreme detail about everything you could possibly imagine when it comes to poker.

I have followed Daniel's teachings since PokerVT. Here, he touches upon topics that are not really discussed by him in the past, which I really appreciated.

I have to say I would have enjoyed a bit more content in the areas of math/stats as well as reading tells, but all in all I thought this was a very nice product.



My question after watching this lesson is, on the last hand against kenny, how would you have played, or what is the thought process you would have gone through if kenny check raised you on the flop, and then bet first on the river? how would you go about this player playing more aggressively in that situation?

Peter C.

There is one question I have yet to see asked, let alone eluded to; of all the tournaments you play, how many times have you (or any other pro) made final table? Made the money? Re-bought into? Been knocked out entirely? Given your impressive career, this gives me a gauge against which to measure my own success. I guess my question is, how often should we expect to 'beat the bubble' and/or make the final table as a ratio to tournaments played? Roughly speaking, I know there is no exact science. Thank you.

A fellow student

Hey way a minute, you said that the range advantage goes to the tighter position when the flop comes dry, nut in the last hand example you switch your mind and say your button position has range advantage because you can apparently have a 5 or 4 so commonly or a open ended straight draw. Doesn't seem to add up to what you said in earlier lessons, unless I am missing something here.

A fellow student

So if the River card was not another 7, giving you trips, but instead a harmless card like 2o, would you still have called Daniel? According to your logic you figured he was most likely bluffing, so I expect a call but somehow I can't see you calling with the 1 pair of 7's. Would you have?? Also great videos btw!

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.