Bluffing in poker
Bluffing is one of the most fundamental concepts of poker games. Every successful poker player bluffs at some points of the game. Bluffing can be profitable when your pot odds are better than the odds that your opponents will fold. The key of successful bluffing is the ability of determining if your opponents will fold their cards after your bluff.
There are some important factors we should take care of before making a bluff:
If the pot gets too large, it will be very hard for you to bluff your opponents. They will get better
pot odds, so they are more likely to call even with weak hands.
Bluffing in poker is easier against strong players than weak players. For example,
weak players will call you on the turn without having the right odds just because they want to see the river card.
Number of opponents
The number of the players left in a hand is probably the most important thing when trying to make a successful bluff. The most successful bluffs are made against one or two players. Bluffing against more than two players are rarely successful.
You can use your position for making a successful bluff. Let’s say you are on the button and two of the players have checked the flop. This is a great bluffing opportunity.
Cards on board
It is very hard to make a successful bluff against your opponents when the board gives them either a good hand or good draws. You should always think what the other players have in their hands. When you put them on a middle pair and on the flop comes an ace or a king or both in the best case, this is the right time for you to try it.