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Bluff is the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of an experienced player. This game would not be so exciting without bluffing, giving the preference to the strongest hands. The ability to bluff provokes the most unexpected coups. Just imagine this indescribable feeling, when you take the pot with a weak hand, and your rival folds with a strong combination. So that two questions arise: how to learn bluffing and how to bluff correctly in poker? To begin with, do not think that you should bluff too often, because in the end the bluff will be understood and become useless. For a proper bluff, certain conditions are necessary. It's useful to bluff after a few hours of a neat play, because your image will not let your opponents presume you having a weak hand. A point to keep in mind is that bluffing is more effective in no-limit poker.
Though, bluffing is not always successful which is caused by following factors:
1. Weak opponent who does not understand your bluff and react inadequately.
2. Lack of information about the opponent, so he can act very unexpectedly.
3. Being caught on a bluff.
1. Few players are left in the pot. It’s always easier to mislead one opponent, rather than several, as it reduces the chances of opponents’ good hands. Even if opponents do not trust you, someone will definitely continue the game to discover how honest you are.
2. Your opponents are neat players. Mostly, they buy your bluffing. However, if your opponent starts to raise your bets, it is better to fold, as he probably has a strong hand.
3. Bluffing on the fifth street. Being sure that your opponents do not have strong combinations, you can try to force them to fold by a big bet. That is particularly true, if you hold average cards. After all, even if you show down, there are chances for your combination to be stronger. However, many players will immediately fold the cards, as the difference between the pot and the bet will be essential (small chances of the bank).
4. If previously checked. This is a fairly profitable position. Most often everyone folds after the bet is raised, though there are several options: A) you raise - all fold, B) your bet was accepted - your position can be improved on turn and river. C) your bet was raised - it is more appropriate for you to fold.
5. Opponents are afraid of you. Here the fear factor works well. If you have just taken a large pot with a good combination, then you can safely bluff during the next hand. And if your cards are similar to the previous hand, then your rivals will quickly surrender.
6. Post oak bluffing. Sometimes you see something like this on the flop: 2-6-9, and nearly all players fold. It can play into your hands, so try to raise your bets. Although in this case the opposite is also true: if a neat player bluffs on a weak flop, then respond with a powerful re-raise. Nevertheless, it is desirable to have some middle pair.
7. Stealing the blinds and putting on the heat. This bluff should be used if all the opponents have folded before you. Begin to put on the heat freaking out the opponents on your left, especially if they are neat players. This bluff masks the real power of your hand, and the opponent will start to support your bets, even when you have a good hand.
Of course, it is impossible to consider all situations in poker, so be attentive and listen to your sixth sense taking these tips into account.
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