Perfecting Your Poker Bluff

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Perfecting Your Poker Bluff

Winning Poker Strategy

Everyone bluffs but very few poker players do it well. The poker bluff is a refined skill, something that can tilt a game in your favour if used sparingly and at the right time.

In order to learn when the right time to bluff is, you first have to study the behavior of the other players in the game. It is important to understand the betting habits of those at the table with you in order to execute a well timed bluff.

First, establish yourself as a consistent player, show the others playing with you that you don’t make a bad habit of raising when you are holding a pair of deuces or holding back and calling with a full house. Establish your table character so you can use your bluff effectively.

Once you feel you have established your betting identity at a given table and have a good read at the betting habits of others you are now ready for your first bluff.

Secondly mark the players, the players that bet or raise every hand, mark them as “maniacs” or quick betters while those that either call or fold once a bet is made, mark as “rocks” or conservative betters as these players are the most ideal for your bluff scenario. Start off with a conservative raise as you are not trying to scare off the “maniacs” still in the game. If the quick betters once again raise you are now set to begin betting aggressively with the intent of either building the pot or scaring those faint of heart.

At this point the knowledgeable players remaining in the game will either decide it is time to fold or will counter with a call. The novice player marked as a “maniac” will be too enthralled with the size of the pot to back out at this time which is exactly what you were hoping for.

The ideal bluff strategy is what is called a semi-bluff, where you may be holding a pair of low numbered cards that offer you a change at winning the pot against the “maniac” bluffers simply waiting for all the other players to fold.

Using a well executed bluff will also help you with your strong hands, as now the possibility of you bluffing has been shown to the other poker players. They may go deeper into a game with an average hand thinking there is the possibility you are playing another bluff. Use the bluff sparingly and you time at the table will be much more enjoyable and profitable!

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