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THE ART OF BLUFFING

    For big bet poker players, bluffing is a tool of great importance. A lot of bets go uncalled when you able to bet the size of the pot. You can win plenty of money if you have a good judgment about whether to run a bluff or not. Do you know about some of the indications that a successful bluff can be launched?

    It is important to realize that the purpose of the bluff is to win the pot. Certain poker players think that the main objective of bluffing is to set up situations to make money by getting your good poker hands paid off. The fringe benefit of helping you make money on strong hands lies with the bluffs. However, this should be considered as a byproduct of bluffing. When you feel that a bluff would be successful, then only launch a bluff.

    Your bluff will be more successful if you bluff occasionally. Rival poker players will watch how you play poker and a tight image means fewer calls. It depends on individual poker player to find the amount of bluffing that works best for his style of poker play. From session to session, this desirable bluffing ratio will vary.

    The rival poker player might think that you are bluffing if you are holding good hands and winning a lot of pots by uncalled bets. Always be alert about bluffing when your exceptionally good poker cards already make it look like you are trying to run over the poker game. Unless forced by a call, never show those poker hands.

    Some poker players are hard to bluff than others. There are more calls by weak poker players. A poker player having a losing session is more likely to talk to himself into a call than a poker winner. Generally, more money is put into the pot by wealthy poker players than average people. Poker players who have a lot of cash such as bookmakers, bar owners and drug dealers are especially prone to calling. Always keep in mind who you are bluffing.

    Occasionally, indications about a bluff having a better than usual chance of success is given by the poker cards you hold. Following are a few examples:

  • There are three of a suit on board at Omaha creating a possible flush and you hold the lone ace of that suit.
  • The board is K-9-8-6-3 at Texas Holdem poker and you hold pocket sevens, the key card required for the straight.
  • You pick up 3-3-3-2-2 at lowball poker draw which are five low cards that other poker players require.
  • You have a deuce showing at seven card stud poker and an ace and king of that suit in the hole. Your forced lowcard bet is raised by a poker player in late position with an ace showing.
  •     An important role in bluffing is played by position. Sometimes it pays to take other poker players at their word if all the other poker players check to you. Rather than slipping a good poker hand to you, the pot odds favor them as they are weak. It is very difficult to find poker hands which are good enough to plan a check raise.

        The major point of difference between big-bet poker and limit poker is the frequency with which the poker players initially check, and then call or raise when some poker player in late position bets. You should be picking up threeway pots with a bet at least half the time when the rival poker players check in a no-limit holdem poker game or pot-limit Omaha poker game.

        If the new boardcard looks innocuous, think about picking up the pot with a bet on the next round when you check in first position and the field checks behind you. You should not allow the money in the pot to remain stagnant. Better chance of success lies with the bluff which represents a specific holding.

        A bet says that it has a flush when that third card to flush hits on the board at Texas Hold’em poker game. Unless the rival poker player has a flush himself, you do not figure to get called. If the board pairs at Omaha, a poker player who is drawing to a straight or flush will lose interest in the pot. This is the appropriate time to find out what you are up against and a good time to make a small bet.

        If you have the hand which you are representing, a relatively smaller amount of money threatens the rival poker player with a large loss. This is an important principle of bluffing. When there are several thousand dollars left which the rival poker player might need to put into the pot to see the hand through, your bet of thousand dollars all-in does not apply nearly as much pressure.

        Now, you must have understood why top big-bet poker players prefer to buy in for a good sum of money. Let the bet itself scare the rival poker player out of the pot when you bluff. Never bet in a confident manner. Never say anything. If you do these, it might produce the opposite result to one that you desired.

        The rival poker player is quite likely to fold if you have chosen the right poker player and right situation for a bluff. Never give the rival poker player an excuse to make a long call. When you first take up big-bet poker, do not be afraid to bluff.

        Always experiment a bit. You should not be playing a lot of starting hands at any form of poker. Due to this, you will have the image of a tight poker player. Make it work for you  as this image will give your bluffs a good chance of success.



     

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