If there is one thing that the general public knows about pragmatic play, it probably is bluffing. Even the uninitiated has heard tales of great bluffing feats to win a game – how a poker player keeps his emotions in total control, without showing any hint in his body language and in his face. Where do you think the widely used expression “poker face” comes from?
Yet stop a moment and ask yourself, what do you know about bluffing? Aside from the general idea of misrepresenting yourself (or your hand for that matter), what do you really know about bluffing? What is presented in TV and movies can be quite misleading, actually. Because bluffing is exciting, it is what’s usually shown. As a result, there are those who think that bluffing can be done any time, all the time, with positive results. They couldn’t be more mistaken.
One of the most important things to remember about bluffing is this. In order for bluffing to be effective, it must be done on specific occasions and used sparingly. Thus you should know how to identify certain situations wherein you can use the bluff or not.
Knowing how your opponent plays is vital to bluffing. If you are familiar with your opponent’s strategy, then you have better chances of predicting how he makes his moves and thus you can bluff your way around him. Again, focus and observation is very important for you to figure out your opponent’s strategy.
A good time to bluff would be when the cards as such that “someone” probably has a good hand. An example would be if there are 3 suited cards on the board. Someone in the table might have a flush. If you bluff and pretend (by betting) that you have a flush, they …