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Bluffing in Hold’em Poker

As you may have already heard the art of bluffing is one of the most thrilling aspects of playing Texas Hold’em or any variation of poker. But contrary to popular belief among many newer poker players, becoming a successful bluffer involves more than just a poker face. This is a valuable skill that takes patience, observation, along with that face you’ve been learning to use. Keep reading to learn the psychology and thought process of convincing your opponents that you have the upper hand. Even some of the best players around fail to bluff everybody every time.

Bluff 101: Bluffing and It’s Psychology

  1. Bluffing is essential to any player’s strategy. There’s no question about it.
  2. Be patient choose the right time. Set a steady pace for yourself. If you bluff too often, it’s likely that you as with any tactic the opponent will catch on.
  3. Beware of your opponents skills. By being observant it will be easier to read their game-play.
  4. Be aware of other players tell tale signs. 5. Take note of your table image
  5. Take advantage of the cards being shown.
  6. When playing in online games remember to compensate for your bluffing strategy since your opponents can’t actually see you.

It pays to bluff when…

  1. Your opponents have a short chip stack.
  2. There is a so-so flop.
  3. There are only a few players at the table.
  4. You’re at a high or no limit table.
  5. No one has raised and you’re in late position..
  6. But you first have to measure up your opponents to determine if bluffing is the right move here.
  7. A pair is showing on the board.
  8. You have some possible ‘outs’.