This lesson, Poker Bluffing is taught as part of
the How to Play Poker
The extensive television coverage and the large no limit tournaments has lead to a lot of misconceptions about bluffing.
Showing bluffs are big drama and make for very exciting entertainment in these shows. Many spectators get the wrong impression of poker bluffing when in reality it is only a small part of the game.
Poker bluffing is a bet or raise made with a hand that has no chance of winning.
The purpose is to win a pot when your hand is not strong enough to do so on it’s own. You are essentially representing a big hand when in reality you have nothing.
Bluffing is a very valuable weapon to have in your poker arsenal but you should make sure you use it correctly and don’t over use it.
The Limits Matter
Poker Bluffing is more prevalent in no limit and tournaments because the players are playing their opponents and their stack size.
Bluffing does have a place in some limit poker games as well and can be profitable in situations where it is used correctly however in Limit Hold’em you will usually have to show down the best hand.
Bluffs work best when you are heads up against another player, especially if the other player is tight.
In most low limit games, bluffing is futile. For an extra dollar of two there is someone who will want to keep you honest.
If there is even one calling station in the game you should not attempt to bluff. Players in low limit games also tend to stay if they have caught any part of the flop such as low pair.
Trying to bluff them out won’t work as they will call all the way to the river.
In mid or higher limit games a bluff has a better chance of being successful if the pot is small. Once the pot gets big the players may be getting the correct odds to stay in. You will also have better success in short handed games as there will usually not be a lot of money in the pot and a player on a flush draw may not want to continue because they are not getting the right odds to do so.
Your position is important when you contemplate a bluff. If you are on the button and everyone has folded, you might be able to steal the blinds with a bluff. However you should not try this too often.
If you keep raising every time you are on the button, the players in the blinds will eventually play back at you. Some players will defend their blinds no matter what they have.
If this is the case this type of bluff will not work.
If you are in the blinds in a short handed game and no one has shown any strength before the flop, and the flop has been checked around, you may be able to win with a bet by being the first one to bet. You have a better chance of this working if there are no connecting cards on the board or two suited cards.
Keep in mind that number one rule when attempting poker bluffing: Your bluff must be believable in order for it to have a chance of working.
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