Who here plays poker? I do! I'm not very good at it, but it's fun to play with the girls every now and then.
The reason why I'm so bad at it is because I make attempts at bluffing, and am very obvious about it, therefore defeating the purpose of a bluff.
Here are some tips I found for bluffing:
- Count how many players are in the hand. The fewer the players, the better your chances of a successful bluff.
- Look at your cards casually, with a face that shows no emotion.
- Bet, or raise someone else's bet, in the first round of betting, before the flop. Do not bet too much, and don't raise an already large bet. If you think someone else actually has a great hand, fold and live to play another hand.
- Make a check, if it's available, either after the flop or turn. You should make a reasonable bet in the other round. Consistent betting makes your opponents think you really have a winning hand and are trying to get as many chips out of them as you can.
- Remember that the bet following the river card is the most important. This one must be powerful and intimidating. If the check comes to you, place a large bet. If a player bets in front of you, there are two things you can do. If they bet small, a significantly larger bet might push them out. However, if they make a large, bluff-like, bet, your best chance would be to call and go all in. The best feeling in poker is catching someone on a bluff and taking down a large pot with a bluff of your own.
- The turn card is very important. If you bet big on the turn when you've been betting moderately earlier, players will be more intimidated.
- Tell a story with your bet.
- Don't bluff too much.
- Don't show your cards. If your bluff ends up working and everyone folds, you should still keep your cards to yourself.
"Can't read my, can't read my, no he can't read my poker face" (love that song!).
Do you play poker? If you do, are you good bluffing?