Poker Strategy Basics – Bluffing
Poker is an addictive card game played with the use of a deck of cards. Players lay down their cards, and the dealer then deals them out into the discard pile, where the player can then try to make some “wins” by winning a hand of cards and “draws” when certain cards are discarded from the deck. The object of the game is for the player to be the first player to “win” the game. If a player “wins” a poker game, that player is awarded a point. The game is generally concluded by drawing all the “pot” or accumulated money from the “buy in” and paying the winning player. Many different variations of poker have been created and there are hundreds of different poker tournaments available.
Most poker hands consist of pairs, and the highest valued card in the hand usually wins the pot. In most Texas Holdem games, there is typically a pot size of two cards, two poker hands, and the highest valued card usually wins the pot. In Omaha HiLo poker, the same rules apply, except that the pot may be smaller, possibly allowing for four cards or less, with the final decision on the size still being dependent upon which player has the strongest hand. There are several other variations of poker available, including Caribbean Stud Poker, Caribbean Stud HiLo, and Draw Poker. All the same general rules apply to each version.
In order to successfully bluff, you must be able to evaluate each of your poker hands objectively and determine which one has the best chance of winning the hand. Bluffing is often based on evaluating your opponents’ betting habits. Your overall strategy should include a careful examination of the betting patterns of your opposition, as well as an evaluation of your own betting strategy. Some successful bluffer tips include using “time-tested” betting strategies, such as betting early in the game, betting on the flop, or betting large when you have a strong hand. In addition, many successful players have used what is known as “off-suit”, where they bluff by playing a hand and having the other team fold on the turn after having spent a pre-flop hand on the same hand.
Bluffing in most card games can best be explained as using deception to exchange one card for another, usually behind your back, usually with the objective of causing the other players to fold. Bluffing in poker is not just about showing a lack of knowledge of the game, or having an illusion that you have an excellent poker hand. Professional players may use several methods to bluff, and some of these include but are not limited to; betting prior to the flop, betting on the river, dealing unreported cards, drawing seven cards (doubling), betting high without the proper number of cards, and holding pre-flop hands with the intention of getting others to fold. In some cases, players may also decide to bluff by betting high in hopes that the other players will over-react and place the bet before the flop. The goal of the bluffer is to cause fear in the opponents, causing them to fold their money into the pot without being legally entitled to.
Another type of bluffing in poker is called “beating the clock”. In many different poker variations, it is possible to bet out of the number of chips available to you. If you bet out before the flop, the other players will know that you have more chips than them. They will most likely fold before the flop if they believe they are out of chips, leaving you the chance of winning the pot. This is not considered to be a legal strategy in many different poker games.
Some other betting strategies include blinds, third, fourth, and final table bets. Bluffing in blinds is often confused with “third” or “fourth” table bets, because it involves the same action – placing your bets before the turn, but in this case, the bets are made in an “innocent” table where the dealer is unaware of the real situation. The same applies to fourth and final table bets, where the bets are made when the dealer has already folded. There are even times when blinds are used as bluffing options, but these are usually illegal in tournaments, especially Texas Hold’em. With forced bets, the exact amount you bet on the first round does not matter, and since you can call any number of times, there is not much of a disadvantage.