This is a discussion on How do you stop mistaking opponent's strong hands for bluffs? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; How often do you have situations where you are sure that your opponent is bluffing, but he actually has a very good hand? What emotions
How often do you have situations where you are sure that your opponent is bluffing, but he actually has a very good hand? What emotions do you experience?
I dont really feel an emotion when I am wrong. What I do feel is the need to figure out what line he took there to learn from my error. One thing I have learned is people dont bluff as much as you think.
Making a call with a bluff catcher all depends on your opponent's tendencies. If I'm sure I have a read that someone is over-bluffing a spot I have no issue with calling down and losing if I run into a value hand because I know that it was an overall profitable spot. That being said, most players at low limit live and microstakes online have a very value heavy betting, raising and check-raising range which makes it easy to just lay most bluff catchers down.
First of all when we are calling on the river, our goal is not to win. Our goal is only to win often enough. If we are facing a half pot bet, we need to win 1 out of 4. If we are facing a full pot bet, we need to win 1 out of 3. If we are facing a 10% pot bet, we need to win 1 out of 12. So its not like, its a big failure, if we call and lose. This is fully expected, and if we always fold, we also lose, just less at a time.
With that being said try to be honest with yourself about, weather you actually thought, your opponent was bluffing, or if you just wanted him to be bluffing, because you got married to your hand. If the latter is the case, then you are making bad calls, and this is something, which require discipline to overcome.
For a bluff to be successful, it needs to tell a believable story. It means that you need to analyze the opponents range and his moves in previous streets. If it makes sense, it probably isn't a bluff or it is a good one. Folding to a good bluff is no shame.