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.. the key to success in poker is in your hands.

This article is a continuation of The Science of Bluffing. If you haven’t read it yet, please do so now.

Another type of bluff is a semi-bluff where a player bets on a hand, which is not really the best hand at the moment but may have a good chance of improving its stake. Take this as an example: If a player has 4 card to a flush or straight and bets on it, that’s called a semi-bluff.

A lot of players have the concept that bluffing means that for a certain number of cards in your hands, you must pretend to have a strong hand no matter what you think other players may have. This may be considered as bluffing because you trying to represent a better hand than you actually have but if you do not consider the other players’ cards and pick the right time to bluff, bluffing can do you more bad than good. But if played right, bluffing can cash in lots of winnings.

Although bluffing is an important skill that you should learn in poker game, it is not part of the rule of playing the game. It is not a requirement that you bluff on every game. Your winnings will largely depend on how often it worked for you and not on the number of times you bluff.

The best time to bluff
  • If you are in the late position and no player before you represents a good hand.
  • The board card shows that it is quite possible for you to complete a strong hand.
  • You have a rock’s table image.
  • You have faith in how you read an opponent’s ‘tell’ and knows for certain that they have a weak hand and you want to raise a bet or fold.
  • You are playing against a single player
The worst time to bluff
  • When a player who’s still in the game is the type of player who never folds.
  • There are many players still in the game.
  • When your opponent has bet way too much money in the pot that whatever raise or bet you put in the table, you will not be able to force him to fold.

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