The Bluff

I was wandering down a Wiki rabbit hole as one does, when I came across this description of what is claimed to be one of the greatest poker bluffs of all time. I'd agree some creativity was involved here, but what do y'all think of this as a great bluff?

Straus is credited with one of the most celebrated bluffs of all time. While playing in a high-stakes no limit Texas Hold'em cash game, Straus had won several large pots in a row and so decided that he would raise the next hand pre-flop with any two cards. When he looked down he found that he had been dealt 7-2 offsuit, the worst starting hand in Texas Hold'em, but, playing a 'rush', he raised anyway. Straus's raise was called by a single opponent and the flop came 7-3-3. This was a good flop for a 7-2, so Straus bet out. However his tight opponent made a large raise, indicating a likely overpair to the board.

Straus knew he was almost certainly behind, but he decided that he might be able to beat his opponent by representing trip threes, so he called the large raise. The turn was a 2, for a board of 7-3-3-2, which was no help to Straus with a better pair already on the board, but he made a huge bet anyway. This set his opponent thinking deeply. Straus knew that he was desperate to avoid a call, as his chances of drawing out to win on the river were very slim. After a few minutes, Straus offered his opponent a proposition. He told him that for $25, he could choose either one of Straus's hole cards and Straus would show it to him. The guy considered for a while, then tossed Straus $25 and chose a card. Straus showed him the deuce.

After another long pause, his opponent eventually figured that Straus would only make such an offer if both his hole-cards were deuces, therefore giving him a full house, deuces over threes. He reluctantly folded, and Jack Straus entered poker folklore as one of the most creative bluffers of all time.[2] The bluff was depicted in the Stu Ungar biopic Stuey; however, Straus is not a character in the film and the bluff is credited to another player.
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  • CriminalBizzyCriminalBizzy Las VegasRed Chipper Posts: 33 ✭✭
    Very interesting topic to post after my last hand history lol!

    I think playing the rush is a great psychological tool to use and pound your opponents. Its surprising to learn that Straus is credited with the "I'll show you a card if you fold" bluff. I would have thought that there more people trying things like that before.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 3,933 -
    Very interesting topic to post after my last hand history lol!

    I think playing the rush is a great psychological tool to use and pound your opponents. Its surprising to learn that Straus is credited with the "I'll show you a card if you fold" bluff. I would have thought that there more people trying things like that before.

    Your hand partly prompted this post, yes.
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