Bluff Is one of the ingredients of poker that truly separates the seasoned pro from the beginner. Anyone can bluff, but knowing when to bluff is a must. Below, you can familiarize yourself with several rules for bluffing. By using them, you can increase your chances of successfully deceiving opponents.
- Sometimes, a true (empty) bluff is not a bad thing.... You don't have to win every bluff to make it worthwhile. Think of bluffing as risk versus reward. In most cases, your risk of bluffing is one bet to win several. Thus, a single successful bluff makes up for 1 or 2 failed attempts. Even when you get caught, it allows you to get some extra callers the next time you have a really strong hand.
- Know how many players will fold... If you are thinking about bluffing with 4 or more players in the pot, then you are deeply mistaken. By bluffing, most often you can oust only one or two players from the game, in the case of a large number of pots being played, it is highly likely that you will be led to the showdown - called.
- Need to know who you can cheat at the table... You need to know the types of players you are going to bluff against. Your bluff should be aimed at the average player. You shouldn't bluff in front of bad players who will call you at all costs, nor should you bluff in front of pros who will lead you to the end to find out what you are playing with.
- Make sure you have the ability to bluff... Hold'em is a game of position. If your opponent checks in front of you, you are in a better position to bluff. Also, do not forget about the pitfalls of strong players - check-raises (see point 3).
- Semi-bluff is always better than bluff... Think about bluffing with colored or medium cards. If your opponent (s) did not fold after your bluff, you still have a chance to make your hand a winning hand and win the pot. Most of your bluffs should not be true bluffs, but semi-bluffs.
Finally, the most important is using bluff sparingly and only when the situation allows... If you bluff a lot, no matter if it's loose or tight, you won't be able to win consistently. Those who bluff often get more and more colors. It's fine if you have the best hand, but if you have a worse hand, or are already flagged by the experienced player (s) as cheating, you will be called with worse hands and justified by them.