| Bluffing is considered a core element of poker. To be short bluffing is when a person acts as if he has the best hand (that is bets, raises and reraises) when he actually does not. You’ve probably seen the movies in which half-mad gamblers win great sums using a brave and successful bluff. However it is not that simple in real life. You need to know the right situation in order to make your bluff a successful one. If you fail and are caught at raising hardly with a trash hand, there is a great possibility that they won’t believe your next attempt. |
There are several types of bluffing. Let’s regard their differences.
You bet like crazy and nobody besides you knows that you don’t have even a pair. In this situation it is vitally necessary not to express a slight tell which can make your opponents realize you are bluffing. A good bluffer is a good actor. Pure bluffs are not destined for constant using but can be very profitable if you use them once in a while. The best strategy is to raise with monsters and sometimes (only sometimes – not frequently) with trash hands. Your opponents won’t realize whether you are bluffing or not.
This is a kind of “bluffing with a hope.” You don’t have a hand at the moment, but you have a nut draw. So you act as if you have already made this nutty hand. In case you won’t blow out all your opponents you have a chance to make the best hand and win the pot anyway.
You raise preflop in order to steal the pot by kicking out all your opponents.