Bluffing

Bluffing is the act of betting on the last round when you are quite sure that you do not have the best hand, or on an earlier round when you have little chance of making the best hand.

When you bluff, you are hoping that your opponent will fold. Typically, you should bluff when you think the size of the pot, compared to the estimated probability that your opponent will fold, is large enough to make this online poker profitable (in terms of long-run expectation).

For example, if there is $ 50 in the pot and the bet it $ 10, you are getting 5-to-1 odds on your bluff. In this situation, if you think your opponent will fold more than one time in six, bluffing would be correct.

Sometimes you should bluff even if the pot odds do not justify it, as this makes it more difficult for your opponent to read your hands in the future. (While this is an excellent play against a merely good player, realize that an expert player will probably be perceptive enough to understand what you are doing.)

Here is an example of a good fifth-street bluff: suppose that you have only on opponent remaining, you are trying for a straight, and a third suited card appears on board.

Against a player who is capable of folding, you may want to attempt a bluff. Specifically, suppose you started with and on fifth poker street, the board is whether you have been betting or calling up to this point, you should now consider betting if you are against a player who is capable of folding.

 


Sometimes the situation arises when you have very little, but still may have the best hand. Rather than check, it may be more beneficial to bet, just in case your bet makes an opponent fold a better hand.

Occasionally this play works even more to your advantage when someone holding a worse hand calls. In a multiway pot, you may accomplish both objectives, which is the best result of all.

As an example, suppose you are in an early poker position against a small number of players. Everyone checks on the flop and on fourth street. The board now pairs on fifth street, and you have a small pair or a hand like:

             

In this situation it is unlikely that the fifth-street card helped anyone. So if you bet and are called, you still may win the pot. Meanwhile, you may have forced someone else to fold a better hand.

An obvious example of a fourth-street bluff occurs when you are in a late position and everyone has checked on both the flop and fourth street. Now there is a good chance that a bet will win the pot right there, no matter what you have.

Another fourth street bluff occurs when you had bet the flop with either a draw or very little, and the top card on board pairs. If you weren’t raised on the flop, this is a good spot to bet again.

A good bluffing opportunity also arises on the flop in a short-handed pot when no one has shown any strength before the flop.

Suppose that you are in an early position perhaps you were given a free play in the big blind and the flop comes either ace high or king high with no flush or straight draws.

A bet here should steal the pot often enough to make it profitable. This is especially true if, as already mentioned, you are in a game where most players tend to raise with better hands containing an ace or a king, and to throw away the other ace and king hands.Specifically, flops like are excellent candidates for this type of bluff.

                          

Remember, you want to be in early position,and you want the pot to be small.Finally, a word must be said regarding when you should call an opponent who might be bluffing.

If all the cards are out and your hand can beat only a bluff, your decision simply depends on your pot odds and on your judgment concerning the chance that your opponent is bluffing.

If your hand can beat some of the hands he opponent is poker bluffing. If your hand can beat some of the hands he would bet for value as well as bluffs you obviously do not need as great a “price” from the pot to make a call the right play.