Poker BluffingPoker players that are the most successful learn early how to use a bluff that is well timed. Bluffing is, possibly, the most discussed poker strategy, but it is not used as often as many believe. However, to exclude bluffing from the game of poker would make the game much less motivating. If you never, ever bluff, you become totally too predictable and will miss chance to maximize your winnings and lessen the number of time you win at all.
Here are few tips to help you bluff successfully:
Tip 1: Bluff when "someone" might have been through a good hand. An instance is when the third of a suit hits the board. "Someone" might have a flush. If you bet as if you hold the flush, the other players may believe you.
Tip 2: Bluff if you are in a pot with a player who is looking for a reason to fold. By betting big and making players think you have something they can't match; you can eliminate them from the game.
Tip 3: Pay thought to other players - the more you know about your rival's habits the better. If a player is a novice, they may bluff too frequently making them very easy prey. However, it's the more experienced players you need to watch.
Tip 4: If players have seen you bluffing recently, they will record it. If you try to bluff again too soon then someone is probable to call you. Of course, this can be used to your gain. If you discover yourself with a good hand after being caught bluffing, odds are players will call your bets.
Tip 5: Bluff just the tight tables only. As a rule, bluffs normally have a better chance of working at tight tables rather than loose tables, if not all the "loose players" have already folded.
Tip 6: Bluff high limit tables only. In low limit games, there's really no benefit in bluffing. When betting only tiny amounts, you can bet that the majority of the time someone will call your bluff. High limits, and particularly no limit games, are ideal for successful bluffing.
Tip 7: Bluff from some late position only. If one and all is checking, calling, or folding in front of you, it's the best time to try to get the pot. It's a bad idea to bluff from early position, because you have no idea of other player's hands.
Tip 8: Don't bluff too often, and try to adopt a pattern other players will find difficult to spot. If you bet with a pattern, they're sure to spot it. A good bluffing strategy will keep them guessing.
Tip 9: Be careful when bluffing bad players, as they may not know when they are beaten! Even though you may offer yourself as having a stronger hand, they simply may not care or not even notice, as they have not perfected a strategy of their own.
Tip 10: Some bluffing conditions are 'typical', and you need to be able to use them to your advantage. Good players however, may spot this, note the play and use it against you. Here is a typical situation where bluffing can be effective:
• You are in the late position pre-flop and after you, there are just two players left.
• Your cards are not indicating a good hand, but everybody before you have folded.
• This is an ideal time to bluff and bet big.
•The residual players will probably think that you have a big hand and fold.