Don’t always bluff or Act oversmart while playing poker

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Don’t always bluff or Act oversmart while playing poker

Bluffling While Playing Poker

Let’s be brutally honest. Poker is not always about being the expert; at times, it’s just sheer luck that does us a favour by swinging on our side. That being the case, the act of deceiving an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the hope that the opponent folds a winning hand is one of the most vital poker strategy of the poker game.

Undeniably, the game of poker cannot be predicted, which makes this game pretty much interesting. Unlike other games, a smart poker strategy move could see you beat even the best of the best. For this reason, the aspect of bluffing in poker becomes a very important ‘wild card’ so to speak. Being an expert in this game requires, playing ‘dirty’ and therefore being able to win with unimportant cards and especially when it is least expected by your opponent. Be that as it may, it is not all the time that, bluffing or showing mental alertness, calculation and resourcefulness will work for you while playing poker. I will share with you when and when not to bluff your opponent.

Bluffing comes in the following categories: Pure bluffs and Semi bluffs. The former is when a player makes a pure bluff, he bets with a bad hand that has little to no chance of improving. It could be characterized by a five card draw where a player has nothing but a king high and raises it hoping everyone will fold. However, when a player bets on a hand that is probably not the best hand at the moment but has a chance of improving later in the hand, it is called a semi-bluff.

The most important thing to know when bluffing is that there are no guidelines engraved in the books of poker gaming but simply a poker strategy that can be used to win the pot.

Below are situations you may find yourself in while playing poker that may call for bluffing:
  • When in late position and nobody before you is holding a solid hand.
  • When the board cards or cards you have in your hand make it possible for you to make a solid hand.
  • When your opponents on the table believe you an experienced poker player due to your game play and you sense that they will fold to a bet or raise.
  • Heads up poker games.
When not to bluff
  • Do not bluff when you know a player still in the hand is the kind that will never fold.
  • Do not bluff when a player has such a great amount of chips in the pot that your raise or continuation bet won’t be sufficient to compel him/her to fold.
  • When there are still many players in the hand.

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