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1. When is it correct to bluff?
It is correct when your hand can't win by checking and the odds you are getting from the pot compared to the chance your rival will call are favorable.

2. Give a suitable example if you have been calling all the way?
A card that seems to help you but does not, such as flush card on fifth street, may make a bluff correct.

3. Another example if you have been betting all the way?
You might try to bluff on the end no matter what the last card is.

4. What else should you consider?
You should consider whether your rival is capable of folding a mediocre hand.

5. When is it correct to bet a legitimate hand on the end in last position?
It is correct when you think you have the best hand at least 55 percent of the time that you are called.

6. If your rival has come out of betting when should you call?
You should call only if your chances are fair as compared to the pot odds.

7. How much favorite you need to be in order to raise?
You need to be a favorite of about 2-to-1 (except for bluff-raises).
8. What is the second way to decide that a raise is correct?
It is correct when you think you will have the best hand 55 percent of the time that your raise is called.

9. What is an exception?
The exception is if you think your rival has the same hand as you have and you think your raise will sometimes make him fold.

10. What options do you have in heads-up, last round situations?
A. To bet.
B. To check with the intention of folding.
C. To check with the intention of calling.
D. To check with the intention of raising.

11. When you have a good hand, whether to check-raise or come right out betting depends on what three possibilities?
A. The chance that you will be called if you bet, assuming that won't be raised.
B. The chance that the rival will bet if you check but will not call your raise.
C. The chance that he will bet and then call your raise.

12. When does going for a check-raise become the right strategy?
It is right when the second probability added to twice the third probability exceeds the first probability.

13. What are other hints which help you to determine whether a check-raise is correct?
A. Is the river card likely to give someone a second-best hand that he might think is the best hand?
B. Is your rival the kind of player who would always try to pick up the pot if you check but not likely to call with a weak hand?
C. Consider whether your rival fears of being check-raised.
D. Consider your previous play.

14. When is it the correct strategy to check and call?
It would be correct when your rival will bet with any of the hands that he will call plus some hands that are worse (generally bluffs).

15. When else does a check-raise do for you?
It will eliminate the possibility of a raise.

16. Against a rival who will call your bet more often than he will bet himself, what will you do?
You should bet.

17. What if you are an underdog when he calls?
This bet is correct as long as you were going to call his bet anyway, or when folding would be a close decision if you check and he bets.

18. Example?
You have T9 and when all the cards are out, the board is TTQ45. By betting you will affect some timid players to call with a queen or an over pair which they would not have bet.

19. When should you check and fold?
You should check and fold when you are a definite underdog, think a bluff would be unprofitable and do not think the probability that your rival is bluffing warrants a call.

20. Example?
You have middle pair and have not improved. Against a rival who rarely bluffs and would not generally bet anything less than top pair, you should fold.

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