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What are the ways to make poker bluffs work more often

    • albertkasper2012
      Joined: 04.01.2012 Posts: 40
      Whether you play poker live or online, tournament or cash formats, for fun or for thousands of dollars - bluffing is a vitally important part of a balanced strategy. Look at it this way, if you never bluff, then it will be obvious to your opponents that a bet means you have a strong hand. If you always bluff you will find observant opponents calling you down 'light' and taking your chips away very quickly. What are the ways to make poker bluffs work more often?
  • 5 replies
    • conall88
      Joined: 02.01.2009 Posts: 1,715
      bluffing isn't balanced.

      semibluffing is. Therein lies the answer..

      bluffing becomes profitable when your actual equity and fold equity = >50%.

      ofc you need to be good at estimating both via handreading and game feel.
    • albertkasper2012
      Joined: 04.01.2012 Posts: 40
      @conall88 thanks for the information but I've also do some research that one of the ways is Avoid Buffing The Calling Stations It is a fact of life in poker that some players just hate to fold. They call with anything pre-flop, with any hand or draw on the flop... and build big pots with hands which seem far too weak to play at all! If you are constantly trying to push one of these players out of the pot with bets, you are not actually bluffing - you are just giving chips away. Now, some of these players will fold the flop if they completely miss... however if you meet any resistance at all then stop bluffing - you can always wait for a hand and value-bet these players instead!
    • Tarhonya
      Joined: 18.07.2010 Posts: 694
      Originally posted by albertkasper2012
      What are the ways to make poker bluffs work more often?
      First of all you need to know what type of opponent you can bluff off (= capable of folding). Secondly you must build a straight forward image about yourself to exploit it later. This doesn't have anything to do with tightness/looseness. However being passive helps that image further. You can see every single flop, but if you rarely raise, they'll give you credit, just think about rocks.

      You can enhance that picture about yourself by showing your hand to everybody at the table when your opponent already mucked his and you won the pot. Obviously that goes for good hands, not bluffs. This works better in live games.

      Basically the more incorrect information you feed your opponents with and the more you know about their tendencies and hand ranges, the more successful your bluffs will be.
    • Fagin
      Joined: 06.05.2008 Posts: 545
      In live games in particular the key to bluffing is to be able to tell a good story with your behaviour throughout the hand. If your betting/calling/raising all tells a consistent story you are more likely to convince your opponent that you have a better hand.

      If your betting is designed to represent a TPTK hand pre flop, on the flop and on the turn, and then suddenly on the river it looks more like you are trying to represent a draw that just hit you confuse your opponent and they are more likely to call "just to see what you have".
    • gadget51
      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Hi guys, I moved this to Beginners Questions for you. :)