What is Bluff-Catcher in Poker?

A bluff-catcher is a hand that can beat the bluffs in your opponent’s betting range, but none of the value hands. The terms bluff-catch and bluff-catching are used to describe the act of calling a bet with a bluff-catcher.

Depending on the situation, any hand (even non-made hands) can fit this criterion. For example, if you hold 5-5 on a board of A-J-9-2-6 and your opponent bets, you have a bluff-catcher because your opponent wouldn’t bet for value with any hands worse than a pair of fives.

Want to learn the strategic value of bluff-catching in poker? Read this guide:

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