The Art of Bluffing | Carl The Dean Sampson

Getting ready for some serious poker this weekend, dont care if it is limit or NL but my head is right (I think) and it is time to put the peddle to the metal by way of number of playing hours…..watch this space.

 Onto bluffing then, so what makes a good bluff? Well I see too many people simply try to blast too many people out of pots. This happens some of the time when your opponents are either timid or weak and simply fold. But it is disasterous when you try to play this way against either bad or very good players because one does not know when to fold and the other is smart enough to play back.

Whenever I play poker, I am usually aggressive whenever I enter a pot but the frequency of how often I enter the pot is a lot less than most players. This means that I can get away with more than the average player because of my image.

This is very important because while you are busy watching the other players, they are busy watching you as well. When a bad bluffer starts out bluffing and continues and gets called or raised then he loses far bigger chunks of money than he gets by bluffing successfully.

Good players and bad players will lower your bluffing success rate significantly and you have to learn to pick your spots and picking your spots properly means an awful lot of things.

How are your opponents playing? What type of player are they? What is your table image? What type of board is showing? What are your opponents stack sizes?….the list goes on.

Blasting players out works…..sometimes…..but the method is too crude to be really effective as a full time tactic with no deviation to it. So the next time that you decide to bluff, don’t just do it but mentally prepare for it by gathering data beforehand and you might just find that your bluffing success will go through the roof.

see ya soon

The Dean

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