Bluffing in Poker

The bluff is one of the poker player’s most important weapon. It is
often the one that determines the final of a competition but it is
also used to steal small sums blinds (blinds).
Among beginners, it is often overrated. A genuine
beginners bluffing on average every fourth hand (source:
Serious Poker), which in most games is far too
high ratio.
Many who only read a beginners’ poker does
instead on the contrary, they have become so influenced by
the author’s warning of the scam that they instead choose
to play only mathematically correct. This is also not good.
You become incredibly predictable and a clever opponent can
often determine what cards you are sitting on.
Some factors that should be considered when you
are thinking of bluffing:
First number of players bluffing against. Each additional player you are bluffing
against decreases your chances of winning the pot drastically. A little rule of thumb
is that one should never bluff if there are three players or
more in the pot. This rule need not be followed blindly.
2nd What kind of player. Many beginners are so
-called calling stations, ie. the eye on just about everything because
of his curiosity, no matter what they have. This is absolutely
no winning ways for a player. But in the short term can
be devastating to you the times you try
to bluff. No style of play is different, and you should not assume that
others play just like you. Just because you would have put you
in a special mode, there is nothing to say that your opponent
will do it.
3rd Think you’ve read your opponents correctly. Most
players find it very difficult to read his opponents,
even more seasoned. Often one has a clue what the other may
arise, but remember to be skeptical of your own observations,
you have probably just like me to hell wrong.
4th May the cards on the table mean that any
of your opponents have a real top hand and makes a correct
mathematical decisions to call your bluff? Think about it, for example,
is 3 or 4 cards of the same suit, or if there’s something
straight draw on the board. But remember that you can also
use this to their own advantage by tricking the opponent
to you, for example, got that color!
5th Your reputation at the table. Hoaxes you often, chances are
someone will call you, and vice versa. The bluff thus becomes
more valuable the more rarely you use it.
Sixth position. Are you sitting in late position, you have already received a lot of
information about the other players’ hands. Has everyone checked up
until your turn, you have far more chance of success with a fake
than if someone raised and one or more ago
called. On the other hand this is something that most players
are familiar with and a raise in late position have therefore
not the same credibility as a raise in early position. The risk
becomes greater that someone calls your raise, because they
suspect that you are just trying to bluff.

 

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