This is a discussion on Bluffing within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; is bluffing worth it. i have made a few good bluffs won some little pots but ive been caught making some big bluffs a losing
when you play small tournaments and free tournaments, you can bluff how much you want to practice, if those tournaments are not important, but when you play serious tournaments you have to be careful who is sitting at the table and what kind of players you have around, you cannot bluff every player. you always have weak players that you can, but you need to be focused on playing.
is bluffing worth it. i have made a few good bluffs won some little pots but ive been caught making some big bluffs a losing some big pots. is it worth to bluff?
it is a very complex game mechanism to define, it depends on the position of the moment and the size of the stack, it is always worth bluffing when you win .....
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Bluffing should be done carefully against calling-stations and loose players, as well as in freerolls and games with low limits. Bluffing is easier against an experienced player, who understands the game.
There are some key components to bluffing that often get overlooked by the micro/low stakes games.
1. Opponent types: calling stations are going to call with any hand and can never be bluffed. If you bluffed and they folded, you were almost certainly ahead anyway.
2. Your table image; if you are perceived as loose and aggressive, your opponents are more likely to look you up. You should consider how you've been playing recently, if you have been betting and raising a lot, you should seriously consider avoiding bluffing. Even if you've had the goods in your previous hands, your opponents perception is key.
3. Board texture; does your bluff make sense? Did a scare card, like a flush or straight card come down on the river?
4. Previous streets betting; if you have check/called the flop and turn and then the flush card comes, it probably does make sense. If it's a complete brick, it almost certainly doesn't.
5. Opponents ability to read the board; this is kind of like 1., but they might be a slightly tighter player that has little or no concept of board texture and opponents range. You might be representing the flush, but if all they're paying attention to is the two pair they've got in their hand, they will call and you have to watch your chips slide across the table to them.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
in general we only touch 33% of the spots we play. which means that you have to bluff certain times to build your stack. but do not abuse it and above all avoid bluffing when you have a bad image at the table.
Against lesser skilled opponents bluffing is nearly impossible. When you raise in front of bad players they don't understand what that raise could represent. They're simply playing the cards in their hand. If they have a pair then nothing you do is going to shake them out of the pot. If you play a lot in low stakes games where there's many of those types of players stay away from bluffing and just play your hand. Don't worry about losing pots because the times when you do have a strong hand you'll rarely have trouble getting them to put their chips in the pot. Play good starting hands , size your bets probably and don't be afraid to walk away from a hand.
Bluffing is part of the strategies to play poker. In order to succed You need to Bluf when is appropriate and the players involved will buy Your Bluff as a very nice hand.
On teh other hand, to keep bluffing very often is just bad strategy since good players will set a trap and kick You out of the game.