Bluffing, a big myth! Who has never seen a movie where the hero bet his Aston Martin or his wife … No, it’s not poker because in this game, if it is practiced adequately (understand performance), the share of bluff is very thin.
Indeed, as you can read below, the bluff is on the one hand useless before a certain level of bet and on the other hand it can cost you dear, very expensive.
Thus, by observing players on an online poker room, you will notice that below a certain limit, they follow most of the bluffs.
When a player has come into the game, his cellar is not an exceptionally high amount and he considers that he has a chance, even weak, to win the pot … so he pays. It is therefore frankly dangerous to try to steal a pot under these conditions, the risk of being followed is too important.
Poker bluffing techniques
On the other hand if you have a strong hand, you are the first player after the dealer, you went into the game and the flop did not bring anything … so try a little bluff. Bet a reasonable but high enough amount and watch your opponent’s reaction.
If he follows you it is likely he got a strong hand with the flop. Then ask yourself what are your chances of improvement? Keep your feet on the ground and do not look for the color until the last card.
Looking for the color until the last card, or a suite, or something else … is called a semi-bluff. It is then a question of trying to scare his opponents in case we do not manage to get the hoped-for hand but also to continue to see the turn and the river in the hope of getting the desired hand.
Bluff and Tells
Remember to take into account the notions of poker position as well as the context of a poker game before getting into a bluff. The above example was taking part on the Internet. When physical parts of other parameters come into account for a bluff is successful (or detected).
In this regard, it is important to pay special attention to the signs, gestures, mimicry … we call the tells.
This term specific to poker players refers to all the clues that will identify the bluff of a player. They are vast and range from the one who suddenly becomes silent to the player who frenetically plays his chips.
False blow of bluff
Do not be fooled by a fake bluff. To illustrate this, we will take the example of the 1988 WSOP finale between Johnny Chan and Eric Seidel where Johnny deliberately throws a look in the air. Eric then interprets this tell as a sign of bluffing and gets on the carpet, which was hoped by his opponent who pays and wins.