Everyone wants to bluff when they play poker. We have all seen bluffs on ESPN, where the amateur player bluffs the pro in a big pot with a hand like a T-3 off suit. However, bluffing is not as easy as it sounds. It is extremely important to know in which situations to bluff and how to make it credible. Just bluffing randomly in a poker game is likely to get you in trouble and lose a lot of chips. Here are some tips for making bluffing a profitable strategy in your poker arsenal.
The first rule of bluffing at a poker table is: the more players you try to bluff, the harder it will be to bluff everyone. In other words, if you see a flop with another player in the hand, it is much easier to bluff successfully than if there are still 4 or 5 players left in the hand. Think of it this way: is it easier to convince one person of your point of view or 5 people? Obviously, the answer is one, and the same goes for bluffing.
The other reason why it is not necessarily advisable to try to bluff with even more people in the pot, is that there is a greater chance that someone will hit the hand, making your bluff ridiculous and useless. Bluffing when someone made your hand is a great way to lose chips.
The second aspect of the bluff is that your bluff must tell a story. If your story is credible QQ Online, your bluff is more likely to succeed. If your story is not credible, your bluff will likely fail. For example, if you bet $ 100 in a $ 800 pot, your bluff will likely result in a call or a raise. However, if you take the same $ 800 pot and bet $ 600, your story will be much easier for the other player (s) to swallow.
The same goes for the Turn and the River. If you’re trying to tell the story that you have the winning hand on the flop, you need to keep telling that story on the turn. After all, why would you suddenly check the Turn if you claim that you had a hand on the flop? Most of the time because you eat chicken! Keep your story easy to believe and your bluffs will work much more often. If you don’t believe it yourself, don’t expect your opponents to believe it.
The third tip for making successful bluffs is to learn to read the texture of the flop. Is it likely that someone else will hit the hand based on the cards you see in front of you? If there is an Ace at the table, then it may be foolish to try to bluff other players with K-Q. It is likely that one of them has an Ace.
However, likewise, it is unlikely that a 2-2-8 flop hit any of the other players in the hand. This is the perfect time to bluff. Even though your opponents know that you are bluffing (or suspecting), they probably don’t have a hand to go with that flop to stop you.
Of course, there are many more nuances and aspects to making bluffs work at the poker table. But to begin with, following these three simple rules will increase your chances, make you more difficult to read at the table, and make your bluffs much more likely to succeed.
Chris Wilcox has over ten years of experience playing online and offline poker and provides up-to-date, cutting edge and current information to the Online Texas Holdem community through his books and website. He is the author of a book entitled The No B.S. Guide to Winning Online No Limit Texas Hold em. He is a co-founder of Poker Publishing, LLC, a Nevada-based company that specializes in teaching others how to improve their online poker game.