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29
May
2012

Bluffing in Poker

Categories: Poker

Every true-blue poker player knows it: poker just wouldnt be poker without bluffing. Surely, there is nothing like taking down a huge pot knowing that someone should have gotten it.

Bluffing in poker is an art form in itself and though it has been highly glamorized by the media on TV tournaments and even movies, getting away with it can also be tough so remember that it should also be done judiciously as well. However if used properly and wisely, bluffing can also lead a player to enhance poker profits and even win big in the process.

Here are a few tips for bluffing in your poker matches:

Pay attention to other players. The keener you are with the players who are in the same match with you then the better. Novice players have a tendency to bluff often thus they are easy prey. But it isnt them who you need to watch out forturn more of your attention to the professional players since they are the ones you need to be watching out for.

As said earlier, be careful of how often you bluff. If players have seen you bluffing recently, they will register it. If you try to bluff again too soon then someone is likely to call you. Of course, this can be used to your advantage. If you find yourself with a good hand after being caught bluffing, odds are players will call your bets.

Dont bluff too early. Its better and more advantageous if you bluff at a late position possibly when everyone is checking, calling, or folding in front of you, it’s a good time to try to get the pot. It’s not a good idea to bluff from early position, because you have no idea of other player’s hands.

Bluff when you think your opponent will fold. By betting, big and making them think you have something they can’t match; you can remove them from the game.

Bluff against small stacks.  If your opponent has a small stack, they are unlikely to call a raise unless they have hit the flop hard. But you have to be careful, as it will be rare for a short stack to simply call when bet into, they will either fold or push. Again this is where practice makes perfect, and you will know when your opponent is more likely to fold than push based on their stack size.

It is important to remember however that to win in poker doesnt mean you have to bluff all the time. As you play more poker, you will get to understand this as well as learn other useful stuff about bluffing.

Bluff if you will but do so with confidence and reason. 

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20
May
2012

Some poker ethics basics

Categories: Poker

Often, it is believed that all hats are off when you’re playing poker, with players all doing they can to win. If the other player is doing it, then you sure as hell can do it as well. This can also come off as a bit twisted but this is a safe guiding principle when it comes to poker ethics.

Out of all the things you can and cannot do in poker, keep in mind that cheating is a no-no. At the end of the day, it’s all going to boil down to that. Cheating is unacceptable in any social gathering and the same goes in any poker table. Ramifications for cheating varies from casino to casino but it is entirely possible that you will be spending a night in jail if you are caught. Aside from that, prior implication in cheating activity can get you banned in particular casinos. If you’re playing with just your friends, cheating could also lead to falling out with your best buds.

Bluffing is part of the playing poker but it can also be questionable at times. You have to admit that poker would not be as interesting if everyone just played their hands as it is and a little bluff here and there gives the impression of added risk. However, what’s questionable about bluffing lies in how far a player takes it to win the pot. How far you can take a bluff generally varies from case to case. Sometimes, it can go as far as players announcing they have a higher hand than they actually have. Sometimes it can be in the form of announcing that you got better odds because of the draw. For the most part, you have to gauge how other players will react to bluffs. Some players are cool with it. Some automatically think it’s a form of cheating. But that’s why it is called a bluff. Bluffing will not incur penalties but some consider it to be unethical.

Similar to making a bluff is betting blind. Betting blind basically means making a bet without even taking a look at your cards first. Like bluffing, there is nothing wrong with betting blind because much of the risk falls on the person making the blind bet. It is merely a challenge to the other players. It just becomes unethical when a player has actually seen his cards and just made it appear like he has not.

Generally, poker is about not doing unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you. And keeping your cool. No one likes a sore loser.

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