This is a discussion on Bluff (Profitable or Unprofitable) within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Goods from me:
What is your opinion:
In MTT`s Bluff is Profitable or Unprofitable? And Cash games Bluff Profitable or Unprofitable?
How do you manage both situations?
cannot say something about cash games(because don't playing them), but MTT's bluffing really profitable, You cannot playing only nice hands due to the fact that they do not come so often, blinds are growing up and if you will wait only monster hands-blinds will eat all your stack-it's fact! I'm sometimes Stealing but you must to know against whom your steal never steal if in front of you "calling station"))) Bluffing with many outs of draw combinations. don't bluffing In early stage of tournament it's dangerous. Write notes on players and it will helping to you to decide then bluffing or not against any players! Good Luck bro!
I do not believe that bluffing as a whole is profitable, however I do believe that semi-bluffing can be profitable (when you are bluffing, but have good odds to make a hand on a later street). For instance, I would say that I am most profitable on a semi-bluff when I have 2 suited over cards that give me a flush and straight draw. Example: I have 9d10d and the flop comes 7d8d2c. In situations like these I find bluffing (or semi-bluffing) very profitable. Sometimes you hit the draw and sometimes they simply fold. After all you have 15 outs with 2 of those outs being the guaranteed nuts.
It's all situational, in mtts it works better closer to bubble and in cash games totally villain dependent, getting more and more common to float bets with sole intention of rebluffing on later streets
if i count how much i won vs how much i lost from bluffing for me it s a proffitable thing )...but in general it depends on the situation , depends on the player who made it , depends how he behaved during the hand , depends how the oponent behaved etc )
If I'm feel, that the opponent be confused on the river, sometimes I bluff, it's worth it, but you have to consider which tournament you play on before you dare to play it and how many chips you have. Can be tricky if he wants to stole your stack with a very good hand, so be careful!