Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wang Want ---- WTF

Leave it up to the funky Filipinos to produce a show about a crime fighting dwarf who pulls mad batches in the pacific islands.

Then leave it to some more Filipinos to make a rap song that illustrates "Wang Wang" and his (her?) adventures.

I don't think you'll be disappointed if you watch this.

Mikey V with the assist (obviously he's pinoy)

Download: Keak Da Sneak + Yukmouth "Da Town" ***Bay Watch Alert***

This just made my Tuesday. Hopefully my hoop game goes as well as the studio session that produced this track. A few of my Yay Area favorites representing Oakland right chea. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this track is fresh fresh fresh.

Da Town Zshare Download

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Market Report

Nice rebound from yesterday, good job America.

Daily Dunk: Peyton Siva

There's a number of reasons why this is the daily dunk:

1. This guy his 5'10"
2. He goes to my former high school (Franklin) in Seattle, WA.
3. This is from the McDonald's All-American practice, he's the second player to play in the game from my high school (Aaron Brooks).
4. He just led Franklin to the Washington state 'ship, where we won every game by 20+ points.
5. He's Peyton Siva, going to Louisville next year. Get to know him.

Download: Tech N9ne ft. Crooked I and Chino XL "Sickology 101"

Three of the sickest spitters in the game rap about... spitting sick lyrics. How fitting.

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New Billionaire Boys Club fitted

This is ill if you didn't notice... focus!

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Kryptonate vs. CP3

Apparently Nate Rob is on a mission to take down all the NBA superheroes. First he took out Dwight Howard and it looks like Chris Paul is next on his list. The only difference is that he wants to literally whoop Paul's ass.

This would be a great cage fight but as much as I like CP3, I'd have to put my money on Nate Rob in a fist fight. The replay at the end shows how much pushing the refs let go before calling the blatant foul on Robinson.

The stimulus bonus is here

Didn't I tell you Barack was that dude? Thanks to his new tax credit plan, we will all start seeing a few extra bucks coming in on our paychecks.

From CNN:
President Obama has asked that all employers adjust their payroll systems by Wednesday so eligible workers can start receiving the new Making Work Pay tax credit through their paychecks. The credit, available for 2009 and 2010, was a part of the economic recovery package lawmakers passed in February.

Just how much extra cash you will see depends on your marital status, your salary and how many allowances -- or exemptions -- you normally take.

As a rough guide, singles eligible for the credit might get between $10 to $15 per paycheck if paid weekly; for those married filing jointly, they're likely to see an extra $15 to $20.
Here's the link to the full story.

When you're on Shaq's team...

...you can be one of his personal bowling pins.

Jordan 5 Black 3M (Raging Bull Pack)

This pack is dropping in May for $310.

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Video of the Day: GLC ft. Kanye West "Big Screen"

Looks like Kanye is finally putting his boy on and the irony is that the song is about wanting to be on the "big screen"...

Faded T with the assist via onsmash.

Download: Asher Roth "Family Man"

More Asher Roth as he continues to take over the internet. Here's a song that pays tribute to his fam and allegedly this is the song that got him signed.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Daily Dunk: Tyler Hansbrough aka Psycho T

Tyler Hansbrough displays why teammates call him "Psycho T" with this vicious dunk attempt that is just a ridiculous try from hella deep. I applaud him for the effort.

Air Footscape Woven "Striped"

Limited edition. Dropping in April. Good luck.

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Lebron James from long distance

I'm sure everyone has seen this already but even if there's one person that hasn't, I'm posting it.

Lebron was on 60 minutes last night (I missed it) and he decides to just underhand toss this ball in from half court. Ugh.

Faded T with the dish

The Michael Phelps Dance

Don't sleep on this one. I would also like to call out the guy in the back in the red... he's definitely not giving 100% like the rest of the team.

"...and I swim, and I swim..."

Texas is on the map now baby!

KK with the assist.

Pop Crunch ranks the hottest college student bodies

Popcrunch.com ranked the 50 hottest student bodies for 2009. I'm disappointed to see that they have USC at #12, but I can understand seeing as I haven't been there for years. As long as we stay ahead of UCLA in these type of polls, I'm good.

Here are the top ten and click here for the rest of the top 50:

10. Tennessee
9. Georgia
8. Arizona
7. Auburn
6. Alabama
5. Florida State
4. Arizona State
3. Texas Tech
2. Florida
1. Ole Miss

Market Report

According to CNN, auto industry worries killed the stock market today.

Download: Jay Z "Maybe"

Here's a nice little soft joint by Jigga Man for all the ladies.

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KK with the assist via Kanyeezy

Don't gamble...

...or don't get a gold-digging girlfriend. You be the judge.

They're back

Ladies and gentlemen, the Air Jordan 11 Space Jam coming to a theater near you in late 2009.

KK with the dish via kicksonfire.

Seattle got hoopers

I received this email from my boy and seeing that we have a lot of 206 readers, decided to put this up:
Allonzo Trier, the subject of this lengthy profile, attends Sequoyah Middle School in Federal Way --- not too far from the palatial Condotta homestead --- and plays for Seattle's Rotary AAU team.

The NYT story says he's in sixth grade, noting that he was held back a year after being diagnosed with a learning disability.

Here, also, is a scouting profile of Trier.
The story also points out that some of Trier's academic expenses are being paid for by the Brandon Roy Foundation.

Glad to see that the Seattle baller trend is continuing.

Assist from Big Time

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Halle Berry is still the Truth

Halle appeared on Leno the other night and while I can't find the best shot of her walking on stage, this will have to suffice...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Playing a Medium Stack in Early Position (by Allen Cunningham)

From Full Tilt Poker:
For obvious reasons, we’d all rather have a medium stack than a short stack. But there is one advantage to being short-stacked: your decisions are easy. With a medium stack, almost every decision you make is complicated and almost every move is awkward.

A medium stack is defined as when you have about 30-40 big blinds, and learning how to play it is absolutely vital to tournament success. In most tournaments, you’ll have a stack that size from about the time half of the field has been eliminated all the way to the final table.

This means you’ll potentially spend up to half of your tournament in a position where every pot you play is pivotal and every decision is tricky. You have far too many chips just to open-shove, like you would with a smaller stack, and if you open for a standard raise, that’s already close to 10 percent of your stack that you’re putting at risk. So you can’t play too loose.

That said, you have to keep things in perspective: if you play too tight, you’ll quickly find yourself a short stack because of the rising antes and blinds. This can get even more complicated if you’re at a table with a lot of aggressive players; the temptation will be to play extra tight so you don’t waste chips raising and then folding. Always keep in mind that there will be times when you’ll have to take risks because the blinds and antes you can win by open-raising will help keep you afloat.

Focusing purely on the challenge of playing a medium stack in early position, my advice is that you should mostly be playing hands that you’re willing to play for your entire stack: if you’ve got pocket Tens or higher or even A-K, you want to try to get it all in. While you can expand this range to include pocket 8s and 9s, A-Q, A-Js or K-Qs, these are hands that you might want to get away from if you’re re-raised by a solid player.

Let’s say blinds are 250/500, I have 15,000 in my stack, and I’m dealt pocket Jacks. If I make a standard raise to 1,500, and a player in late position re-raises to 4,500, I’m just going to go ahead and shove all of my money in and hope for the best. I really can’t afford to be throwing those hands away with that sized stack.

If the situation is identical but I get smooth-called and the flop doesn’t scare me – something like 9-7-4 rainbow – I’m going to bet the flop and continue betting, raising or check-raising until I’m all in no matter what my opponent does. Without a scare card on board, you really can’t get away from the hand. You also don’t want to give free cards when the pot is already sizeable and any Ace or King could freeze you.

An exception to following through like that comes if I’m up against an aggressive player. Say I have pocket Jacks and make a standard pre-flop raise, an opponent in late position calls, and the flop comes Q-7-4 rainbow. Odds are that my Jacks are still the best hand, so I have to take my chances and proceed as if they are. But since my opponent is aggressive, I’ll check to him, and if he bets, I’ll check-raise him all-in. I’m giving him a chance to bluff, then protecting my hand with a big all-in bet if he does bluff. That will often work better than throwing out a continuation bet, which could make him fold any hand worse than mine. It’s also reasonable to make this play with A-A, A-Q or as a bluff with A-K.

Playing a medium stack in later positions is a different proposition. You’ll often have to deal with a raise from an early-position player, and if you don’t, the hand range you can open with is considerably wider.

But in early position, a tight-aggressive approach is definitely your best bet. Be careful about which hands you play, but once you decide to play a hand, be prepared to push with it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Daily Dunks: Shannon Brown

The newest Laker shows he's going to challenge Trevor Ariza for the title of best athlete on the team against the Team That Shall Not Be Named. And he does it not once, but TWICE.

And then a couple minutes later ...

Stand and Deliver: Lewis Black

Here's a great segment on gay marriage from Black's 2006 special "Red, White, and Screwed".

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gilbert to play in the five games of his choice

Gilbert Arenas, the internet fan favorite for his excellent blogging abilities and happy-go-lucky/emotional persona, has announced to some reporter that he will be playing in a few games this season. A few games of his choice.

From Steve Alexander's Daily Dose:
According to Chris Miller of Comcast via the Washington Post, Gilbert Arenas told Miller via a text message that he plans on making his return Saturday when the Wizards host the Pistons. Here is the reported content of his text: "You're the first to get the truth. I'm playing Saturday against Detroit. And I'm only playing home games but I will play in Cleveland. Me and Cleveland fans have this love, hate relationship."
My question is, why risk it? You aren't healthy enough to play in the road games but you're going to play in the home games? Then you're obviously risking a fourth straight season-ending injury that can carry over into next season.

Gilbert, fans want to see you play.

Corner Sleeper with the dish.

Ultimate Warrior reflects on his WWF days

UPN fam with the assist.

Download: Ludacris x Shawna "Everybody Drunk as Fuck"

Apparently these two are dropping a collabo album this summer and this appears to be the first club single.

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Market Report

From CNN:

Stocks surged today, recharging the rally after the Treasury's plan to buy up billions in bad bank assets and a better-than-expected existing home sales report raised hopes that the economy is stabilizing. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 497 points, or 6.8 percent, according to early tallies, posting its biggest one-day point gain since November, CNNMoney.com reports
Full Story

Captain Obvious with the obvious assist

Daily Dunk: Blake Griffin

And Pargo's dunk of the tourney is immediately knocked off its throne by the Oklahoma Kid, who threw down on my Wolverines somethin' vicious.

Copywrite vs. Asher Roth

For some unknown reason (at least unknown to me), underground favorite Copywrite picked a fight with the new white hype Asher Roth, who has already signed a major deal, graced the cover of XXL and formed alliances with industry types like Mos Def, Don Cannon and others. Asher came back at Copywrite with an annoying diss track and now Copywrite has dropped his second diss track on Roth.

And the survey says.... Copywrite.

Here are the links for all three diss tracks, props to Synopsis for the assist:

Copywrite - The Real Fake Shady

Asher Roth response - Silly Boy

Copywrite - second diss

Download: Crooked I "If You Ever Hear Me"

Wow this is ill. King Tech on the boards. I'm so used to Crooked I spitting on some straight mixtape shit that this track caught me off guard as he goes in to murder the whole industry on the direction that the hip hop game has taken in the past several years. Oooowwweee.

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Nike Skyposite

I find these hideous however I'm sure they're comfortable as hell and can probably add up to four inches to your vertical.

The Skyposite features a one-piece lightweight integrated Foamposite technology for ultimate strength and durability, a durable rubber cupsole with LunarLlite technology forefoot cushioning and Nike Zoom unit in the heel, and a solid rubber outsole with maximum herringbone traction pattern.

Dropping in November for $160.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Daily Dunk: Jeremy Pargo

Best dunk of the tourney so far...

Corner Sleeper with the overhype

Documentary: "Tyson"

I'll definitely be watching this one...

KK with the dish.

Market Report

First Barack fucks up royally with the special olympics remark and now this.

The World's Corniest Rapper finally confesses he was 5-0

Power 106's Big Boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy interviewed Ricky Bossy Rossy and Rick Ross goes into some 15-minute response that basically admits he was a correction's officer although he manages to promote his album and B.E.T. special in the process.

This guy is such a joke to me it's unbelievable. And it has nothing to do with his beef with 50, just his ridiculous drug trafficking lyrics.

Big Boy: "Was Rick Ross in fact a Corrections Officer?"
Rick Ross: "Rick Ross done did it all to get money."

I guess it makes anything cool as long as you did it to get money. I'll have to remember that one anytime I f*ck up, I'll just say I did it to get money and everything is good.

LMAO. However, Ross goes on to state that he's "certified in the streets" so it doesn't really matter what I think.


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When Nature Calls

The sound of rushing water has a universal effect on people. Imagine how it must be for someone whose sense of hearing is heightened?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Download: Snoop Dogg "Millionaire"

This is a crazy/interesting/wild cut by Snoop and here's what he says:

Snoop Dogg Millionaire” was produced by Wild Animals and Chase & Status; it also features the Hustle Boyz on the chorus. Los Angeles’ Wild Animals (John Legend, Kurupt, Murs) is one of music’s hottest up and coming production duo. UK’s Chase & Status won the Best Album Award at the 2009 Drum and Bass Awards. - Snoop
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Market Report

There goes the streak..

Animated Video for Asher Roth "Lark on my Go-Kart"

Here's an animated video that gives some illustration to wtf Ash Roth is talking about on this song. My question is: Is Asher Roth the next big thing or just another great white hype? I'm trying to envision him as a long-lasting rap brand (i.e. Em, 50, etc.) and I can't see it. But it's definitely possible.

KK with the assist via nahright

Take your lumps Durrrrrrr

Here's some funny online table chat between Tom "Durr" Dwan, Phil Ivey and David Oppenheim that I found on 2+2:

durrrr: oh can i ask you a golf question?
David Oppenheim: yup
durrrr: im in a match vs phil and i lost 4 days in a row, would it be
ok for me to ask for an adjustment
David Oppenheim: with phil iveyt
durrrr: yea
David Oppenheim: not alllowed to ask for adjustments
David Oppenheim: it just part of growing up
Phil Ivey: my man
durrrr: hahaha amazing
David Oppenheim: you just have to practice sorry bud
durrrr: not actually btw, we were jus curious ur response
durrrr: im sure ill lose 10 in a row @ some pt
David Oppenheim: lol we all have to take are lumps

Daily Dunk: Adam Waddell

Adam Waddell is a freshman center for the University of Wyoming Cowboys. He also is the most passionate dunker in the history of the Daily Dunk - after all, how many other cats you see literally RISK THEIR LIVES to throw down?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Download: Radius "Process of Elimination" Mixtape

I've only listened to three songs off this mixtape and I'm sold on it. Radius is an indy emcee from the east that is killin these tracks. Hopefully we'll hear more on a larger scale.

Here's a streaming preview of the songs:

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Auto... Tune...

This is classic...

Auto Tuning from Casey D on Vimeo.

Download: Stat Quo "What Can I Do"

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The Octomom in Labor

Seems you can't turn on the news these days without hearing about the Octomom. Here we have an exclusive look inside the hospital room during the birth, courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Charlie Villanueva is serious about his Twitter game

Former UCONN star and current Milwaukee Buck Charlie Villanueva aka Mr. No Eye Browes recently found time during halftime to update his Twitter and advise his fans that the socre was tied (brilliant):

Here's his exact quote:
"In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up."
Just in case you want these great game time analysis, his Twitter screen name is CV31.

Thanks to BC for the assist via Star Tribune

Air Jordan 1 Retro Polka Dot

This colorway just hit retail for $100. More colorways are coming in the spring and summer.

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Market Report

This has been a good two weeks (really a great two weeks) for the stock market.

Here's the front page news story on CNN:

Tom Green has flows (old)

Okay I admit this is some 06 shit but I got great entertainment value out of it as I've never seen it before.

Tom Green is interviewing Xzibit (that's how you know it's old) and they start rapping and it turns out... Tom Green has major spits.

The first verse is ill but the second is bananas...

Young Jeezy gets the pass into white America

Just watch.

Faded T with the dime.

Happy St. Patty's Day

Don't forget to wear your green.

Obama Fingers?

This is...?

Germans, typically, are pretty on-the-ball with their business tactics; given that, this news is all-the-more intriguing.

A German frozen food company has caused a stir in the US by putting a fried chicken product branded with the name of the United States' first Commander-in-Chief of African American heritage. This is either a gross oversight by the company's marketing department, or a cheap publicity ploy by the company's executives.
Judith Witting, a sales manager for the company, Sprehe, said the connection between Obama and fried chicken - a stereotype long associated with African-Americans - never occurred to her.

"It was supposed to be a homage to the American lifestyle and the new U.S. President," Witting told Spiegel Online, a German media outlet.

"We noticed that American products and the American way of eating are trendy at the moment," Witting said. "Americans are more relaxed. Not like us stiff Germans, like [Chancellor Angela] Merkel."

The full New York Daily News article can be read here.

Download: Asher Roth "Lark on my Go Kart"

This is the intro from Asher Roth's new album Asleep in the Bread Aisle and it's pretty dope. Wasn't feeling the beat off the bat but it caught up with the flow and the mesh meshed.

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KK with the assist via Nahright

Daily Don't: Jason Richardson

I'm sure most of you have already caught this but if not, this is what you don't do when Lebron James is circling from behind like a Great White Shark.

J-Rich, I admire the effort but you definitely should have picked a better spot to go for the two-handed 360.

BC with the assist.

Did Gwyneth Just Own Joaquin?

I'm sure she meant it as constructive criticism, but...anytime Gwyneth Paltrow is calling you out for lacking street cred, then I think it's pretty safe to say that ownership has taken place. When asked by MTV UK to weigh in on her "Two Lovers" costar's recent personal reinvention and bizarre behavior, the famous, faux-British actress didn't pull any punches. From Yahoo! Movies:
But just because she doesn't know what's going on with him doesn't mean she can't bestow a little GOOP wisdom upon poor, misguided Joaquin.

"What advice would I give to Joaquin? Hmmm...maybe to go live in the projects for a few years to get some authenticity, maybe."

Ouch. Score one for Gwynie. (The full article can be read here.)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Stand and Deliver: Bill Cosby

Here's some vintage stand-up by Bill Cosby, from his 1983 special "Bill Cosby: Himself". You get his trademark silly faces and voices, with the intriguing twist of a man who knows a lot more about what it's like to be high than you might expect. Bill used to party back in the day; people tend to forget that. I'd love to go back in time and split a blunt with the man.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Daily Dunk: LaMarcus Aldridge

Oowwwwweee Dampier you just got smashed on!!!

Market Report

Well everything is looking good, I think we're finally out of the recession jk. But at least we're moving in the right direction, that's three in a row and we're back over 7k.

Dow 7,170.06+54.46(+3.97%)
Nasdaq 1,426.10+29.38(+4.07%)
S&P 750.74

It's only 70 yards

I used to do this on the regular in my high school city league days. Sike.

Anyways I have no idea who these teams are, who the players are, nor when or where this took place. But it's pretty dope.

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Stand and Deliver: Russell Brand

Otherwise known as "the funniest part of 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'," Brand delivers a great take on meeting Mila Kunis' boyfriend during shooting of the movie.

Download: Slim Thug "Smile"

In my humble opinion this is a hit. Good to hear some strong Slim Thug music. This song is obviously made for the radio but I can dig this, I'm sure it goes hard in the club and in the ride.

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Nike Terminator Premium QS Pack

Available this week at select Nike accounts.

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Video of the Day: Soulja Boy "Kiss Me Through the Phone"

To all my true hip-hop heads out there: Don't worry, there's a reason that I'm posting this as the Video of the Day. Skip past the opening cartoon and peep what Souljah Boy and his goon squad are doing... playing cards. I can't really tell if they're playing spades, go-fish or some form of five-card stud, but I can dig it. Hopefully I'll run into them on a poker table in Vegas someday soon.

Not to mention this song is my guilty pleasure of the moment and the 'featured actresses' are on a very high level.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Market Report

That's two in a row.

Broken Backboard = Season Over

Normally, when you break a backboard with a dunk, you're looked at as a hero. But when you do it in pregame warm-ups and cost your team the game (and, quite possibly, the playoffs), chances aren't so good that your teammates will be congratulating you afterward.
On March 5 in Cut Bank, Mont., Isaiah Martin, a 5-foot-11 senior guard for Harlem's boys basketball team, dunked during warmups for a high school tournament game with Shelby.

There was a shower of glass as the backboard shattered.

Harlem had to forfeit the game.

According to the Montana High School Association, dunking is not allowed in pregame warmups in tournament play. If a backboard is damaged by a pregame dunk, the offending school must forfeit.

The Harlem head coach raises some good points in the article, however. The likelihood that a "smaller" kid like Martin was the sole cause of the glass breaking is probably slim. I really hope that Martin doesn't take too much heat for this from his teammates and classmates. The full story can be read at Rivals.com.

Daily Dunk: Will Bynum

I saw this on Sportscenter last night and said "Wow." However, it's hard to find college highlights on youtube so I figured I wouldn't find it. Today I get an email from KK with the subject line "WOW" and look what's inside...

Semi-Bluffing by Andy Bloch

The semi-bluff is one of the most powerful weapons in any poker player’s arsenal. If there’s a decent chance you can steal a pot by semi-bluffing, you should usually take it. But, as with any play you make at the table, the semi-bluff is always most effective when you use it at the correct time in the correct situation. Semi-bluff too much and your opponents will know when you’re on the draw; semi-bluff too little and your opponents will know to fold whenever you bet. The key to semi-bluffing is to always mix things up and never become too predictable with your betting patterns.

Let’s say that you’ve flopped the nut flush draw and are pretty certain your opponent has connected with the flop in some way, be it top pair or maybe even a set. A lot of players like to check-raise as a semi-bluff in this spot. There are a couple of problems with this play: first, if you always check-raise in this spot then your opponent will be able to put you on a draw very easily. Second, if your opponent really does have a hand, there’s no need to check-raise here because there’s no way he’s folding and there’s a good chance he’ll pay you off anyway if you hit your hand.

A better move in this spot might be not semi-bluffing and just calling instead. This way, if you hit your flush on the turn, your options are wide open – checking, calling or raising are all viable plays − and your opponent won’t be able to put you on a hand quite as easily. By not semi-bluffing, you increase your chances of winning a bigger pot when your opponent actually has a strong hand. There are players out there who’ll assume you’re not on the draw if you don’t semi-bluff, so use that to your advantage.

Now, if you don’t think that your opponent has a strong hand or your draw isn’t that strong (say a low flush draw), this is the perfect time for a semi-bluff. The semi-bluff should be used as a tool to steal pots when the opportunity arises, not as a means of building big pots.

Another good way to mix up your semi-bluffing game plan is to wait until the turn to semi-bluff rather than always doing it on the flop. This can be a dangerous play because you’ve only got one card to come on the turn and you’re not getting the same odds. But it also means that your opponent is less likely to think that you’re semi-bluffing and put you on the draw. It looks pretty strong if you call on the flop and then raise on the turn; your opponent might think you’ve flopped the nuts and throw away a pretty strong hand.

Another advantage to semi-bluffing on the turn rather than the flop is that you could pick up additional outs on the turn. Say you have a gut-shot straight draw on the flop and then pick up a flush draw on the turn. You’ve just gone from four outs to about 12, which might be worth a shot at taking down the pot right then and there. A lot of players will also have trouble putting you on the flush draw in this spot; it’s just harder to see that flush draw on the turn than it is on the flop.

Once again, the key to a good semi-bluff is picking the right spot to pull it off. Choose poorly and you could stand to lose a good portion of your stack; choose well and you could throw your opponents off balance and hit them where it hurts when you make your hand.

via Andy Bloch/Full Tilt