Every poker player has tried to bluff in a game in the hope of fooling the other players and winning the hand. Bluffing in poker is easy if you know how to maintain an emotionless face while you study your cards. That’s why the term ‘poker face’ is famous. But maintaining a poker face is not the only tactic used by poker players to bluff in a game. Bluffing is an integral part of poker and some players have honed it to an art. Learning to bluff in poker requires experience and knowing how your opponents play. You can surf the internet and read various strategies of bluffing in poker, but none of them will teach you what you can learn from experience.
A poker player has to pick the spots where they can bluff and pick up a few pots, but the art lies in picking the right spot to bluff. The best place to bluff in poker is when you are the last at the table. Your opponents have either folded or are ready to call. If you bluff and raise the pot they will probably fold and let you win the pot. If you bluff and win and show your cards against weak player, you will either frustrate the player to play worse or for your opponents to gang-up against you. It’s best never to get into such a situation. You also need to study how your opponents are playing. Study their emotions, the way they are placing their bets and then decide on a playing strategy. Don’t ever try to bluff on every hand that is dealt as you will soon get caught. If you are called and the players think you are bluffing but you turn out a strong or winning hand, the other players will back off. When you raise a bet they will generally fold as they will think that you are not bluffing. It’s easier to bluff on a low stakes table than on a high stakes table. You have to be a very good player to take your chances at bluffing in a high stake game.
In my experience I have always lost a few hands initially as I evaluate the strategy of the other players. Its only after I know how each player is playing I will take the risk of bluffing. The entire purpose of poker is to win some money and bluffing is a way of making that money in the live poker rooms.