This is a discussion on Bluffing and honest play within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hi.
Would just like to get some responses on should your game be completely bluffs, completely honest, or a combination of both?
All experiences and styles welcome.:)
at the start of the game I try to create a good image at the table and avoid bluffing. but after taking the time to analyze the playing style of my opponents. I no longer hesitate to bluff certain spots to succeed in increasing my stack. of course there is always a risk when you choose this option but to win at poker. we have to go through it. the best bluff is the one we build preflop.
I play lots of SnG and start with few chips so almost 85-90% of the time I'm no bluffing. I play so tight and honest creating a solid image on the table, and when the middle or end of the game approach I start to play more loose with a few bluffs
There is no bluffing and honest play. Bluff is part of the game, and it is an important part. It is impossible to get the best cards all the time, so you need bluffing, which is a psycological excercise.
Of course your game should be comprised of both bluffing and straightforward play ... as others have mentioned a balance is important because anytime in poker you do the same thing over and over again ...... somebody is paying attention .. and they will make you pay ... either making you fold if you are too tight and honest or calling you down to bust you with junk ....
I much prefer to semi-bluff ( a bluff with outs ) so I have some equity work with .. but in position a complete bluff is sometimes a good thing too ... just can't get married to a hand if you take your shot and fail .. then get out and lose the least you can .. but a lot of the time you will find someone or someones that are unwilling to play marginal hands out of position and the fold you are looking for is perfectly reasonable ... many times the image you get pegged with getting caught bluffing is priceless to your game as well .... once again if any are paying attention : ) like most everything else in poker your play should be a response to your opponents tendencies ...
" Chance favors only the prepared mind " ~ Louis Pasteur
Balance is everything, but paying attention to your opponents is important. Bluffing with complete air into a calling station is suicide, but a well constructed bluff against a straightforward decent player can be a huge weapon and very profitable.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
Bluffing is good when you have preliminary game data per player. Bluff. Use against weak players with short stacks. Often we put a bluff with aces on the board in the future that the other player does not have aces.)) Aggressive players often use bluffs.
it’s necessary to understand where you are playing and how you are playing .. bluffing should also be justified .. otherwise you will lose all the chips ... and this is useless to you, you just need to understand how you play. and experience is not superfluous
I'd never win anything if I didn't bluff. How many times do you get dealt good cards, that also connect when others are willing to put a lot in the pot AND you ultimately win the hand? That happens once every couple of days for me, maybe, if I'm lucky.