Poker Tips: Bluffing
So hopefully by now you have gained a pretty solid understanding
of the game of poker. However, it is time to learn a little
bit about bluffing and body language.
Regardless of how good a player you are, at some point in
time you are going to have to bluff in order to be a consistent
winner. On the other hand (no pun intended) you will need
to learn how to recognize when players are bluffing against
The way you are percieved at the poker
table is extremely important. It is essential that you
have a solid grasp of how players perceive your play in order
to successfully pull of a bluff. Even if you are normally
a solid player that rarely makes a bluff, it is necessary
to mix up you game in order to get action when you play a
hand. Although the world of bluffing is extremely immense
and will vary from situation to situation there a few easy
tips that you can learn to help you on your way to mastering
this aspect of the game.
When to bluff: They say timing is everything
in poker, and the saying is true. If you decide to bluff,
make sure that it is in a hand that is worth winning. There
is no point in risking a lot of your poker
chips to pick up a pot that you don’t even need.
So make sure that if you are going to bluff at a pot, the
pot is big enough to take the chance.
Never show your bluff: If you are lucky
enough to pull off a successful bluff, never show your bluff
to your opponent. Some advanced players will show their bluff
in certain situations, such as when they are trying to get
inside the head of the other player, in order to put them
on “tilt”. This strategy, though fairly effective,
is for advanced players who know their opponents fairly well.
Never bluff bad players: Remember that normally
you can not bluff bad players. Since bad players who don’t
understand the game very well, will not even realize when
they should fold, bluffing them is generally a loosing venture.
Don’t hesitate: If you decide to bluff,
don’t hesitate! Decide that you are going to bluff,
and follow through. Since hesitating is normally a
tell that indicates a poor hand, do not hesitate.
Bluffing in position: The best time to bluff
at a pot is when you are position. Normally the best positions
to do this are when you are acting on the button, or on the
cut-off position which is the position right before the button.
Most blinds that are stolen are stolen from these two positions.
Remember your actions: When you decide to
make a bluff, remember how you acted when you had the nuts,
and mimic those actions such as the amount and manner in which
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