An overview of bluffing tactics implemented to Poker, Bluffing is an integral part of pencetpoker. Until I read (and reread) Epstein’s book “The Art of Bluffing” (see advertisement), I was ignorant of many aspects of bullying and other forms of fraud. I completely agreed with him when he said, “If you never bluff, you will definitely lose.”
Why is that? If you never bluff, your opponents will quickly realize that you only excel at betting, or increase, when you have a strong hand. That’s super tell. Once into this trait, they are more likely to get their hands dirty playing into the river – and you only win small pots.
Bluffing is the most common form of deception: encouraging your opponent to fold his arms which will beat you. Other forms of deception include raising pay, playing slow, and trapping your opponents.
Bluffing is a form of aggressive play. Apart from winning the pot with the lower hand, it can serve other purposes:
(1) increasing the position of those who bet / are called before you;
(2) get a free card in the next betting round when the stakes are much higher;
(3) reduces the likelihood that your opponent will try to trick you.
You don’t have to win all your bluffs. Epstein estimates a break-even point of 30% to 40%. If your bluff is successful more often, you are likely to be the clean winner of your bluff. A player skilled in the art of bluffing can win 70% to 80% of his bluff – especially if he uses Esther Bluff tactics. It involves getting inside your opponent’s brain, convincing him that you’ve beaten him.
It’s easier to bluff less opponents. Even so, Epstein claims to have managed to bluff as many as six opponents in a low limit hold’em game – using Esther Bluff tactics.
When you take a big pot over a cliff, don’t show your hand to make losers worse, or to impress other players. Why give them information that they can later use to harm you. You may want to bluff again soon.
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