Bluffing Strategy

The fourth holdem winning skill of no-limit hold'em is to know when and how to bluff. Snapping off a successful bluff is one of the important aspects of playing poker holdem. There is nothing like satisfaction you get when you have caused your rivals to lay down a better hand than yours. Some players will win with the help of bluffing than with a legitimate hand! This is the reason that the feeling of satisfaction and power comes from bluffing successfully.

It is difficult to hold enough premium hands to win a tournament without doing some bluffing. In poker tournaments, the blinds increases rapidly as the time goes by and when you become short on chips, you finally have to play some kind of poker hand just to stay in action. Everyone naturally wants pocket aces but sometimes they don't come our way. This is why we have to become creative just to stay in Alive so that we don't fully blind and ante our chips away.

Most factors comes into picture when you make the decision to risk your chips with what you consider to be a marginal poker hand, one that you think wouldn't win in the showdown. To put another way, you have to think of lots of things when you decide to bluff.

What do you mean Bluffing?

Bluffing is either betting or raising with a hand which does not figures to be the best poker hand. Some people prefer bluffing as betting “without a hand.” You think you can make your rivals fold a better hand than yours so that you can win the pot even though you don't have the best hand. In this section, we shall discuss five different bluffs the semi-bluff, the steal-bluff, the re-steal bluff, the follow-up bluff and the total bluff.

What does “without a hand” mean?

Betting “without a hand” means betting without what you believe to be the best hand. For example, you don't have a pair but you do have a flush draw on the flop. You miss the pair again on the river. You can't beat an ace-high hand, but you think that your rival is weak. You have put a good read on him and you bet with nothing.

The bluff is much more effective in no-limit poker where you can make a big enough bet to get your rivals to fold better hands. In limit hold'em, it cost a rival one extra betting unit to call and if the pot is large enough, he will be correct in calling. But because of this reason, bluffing is not successful in limit-hold'em as it is in no-limit hold'em.

When should you Bluff?

You normally bluff on the flop when you think your rival is weak and you think that the bet will make him fold – generally when you have position on your rival and he has shown weakness by checking to you.

The second time you can bluff in no-limit hold'em is when winning the pot increases your chances of winning the tournament so much that it justifies trying to pull off a bluff. If you lose the pot, you will be out of the tournament but that's chance that you must take. You might risk all of your chips with a bluff bet to try to pick up the pot.

What types of rivals are much easier to bluff?

Reading your rivals correctly and knowing their playing styles are the main factors in deciding who and when to bluff. You are looking for kind of rivals who are likely to fold their hands – those who play very tight and the ones who fear of going broke. You don't want to bluff against Loose Levin, who will call with All sorts of weak hands that could be little better than the hand you are bluff-betting with. You are more likely to bluff players like Solid Samuel or Tight Tom, who will fold their weak hands

 


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