The basics of bluffing

Bluffing is an important part of being able to play poker. The problem is that most people (and poker donkeys) do not really understand what it takes to bluff and what exactly it means. It is a fairly common term and it is not hard to understand the meaning. The issue is that it is not easy to actually perform the bluff. It takes a lot of patience, discipline and skill to be able to properly bluff at a pot.

For those who do not know, bluffing in poker would be when you bet at a pot when you do not have a good hand. The goal would be to get your opponents to fold so you could win that way.

There are far to many players that attempt to make something out of nothing at a poker table. They decide before the hand is even dealt that they are going to bluff on the next hand. This may or it may not work, but most of the time it will not work. If it does, it is pure luck. Bluffing should be done not because you feel like bluffing, but because the opportunity is right.

Feeling the Bluff

If you are going to bluff you have to have a great feeling. You should feel a lot of weakness from your opponents. Do not bluff just out of desperation. The key to a successful bluff is that your opponents do not have anything they could call with. Obviously, that is pretty important. Along side of that, you are going to need to make them believe you have a better hand than they do.

The worst thing that you could do while trying to perform a bluff is to give up when you know you are on to something. If you believe you have the ability to make your opponent fold then do it. You have to be able to put your opponents on a specific hand. If you put them on a draw on the flop, you might choose to bluff there. If they do not hit the card you think they are looking for on the turn then keep betting! Do not get scared because they called your bet on the flop. They are just fishing.

Never be afraid to lose your money. Bluffing will take a lot of courage and you may lose all of your money on a bluff sometimes. The important thing is that you do not make stupid attempts to bluff. They should be smart and educated decisions. If you can do that you will be fine. Keep in mind that this is just a basic article on bluffing. There is a lot to learn and know about bluffing. It has been known as an art and it does not happen over night. Learn as much as you can about bluffing and you will get it in no time at all.

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