Bluffing or not? Here we’ll talk about these classic poker tactics:
Bluff and semi-bluff
Bluffing is perhaps the most well-known and most overlooked aspect of poker. For starters, until the river comes, this is not a pure bluff as your hand could theoretically improve (so technically, this is called a semi-bluff).
Preflop bluffing is mainly about stealing the blinds (and re-stealing from other players who have already raised). But even that’s not really a semi-bluff when the big value of the hand comes from the flop.
Most players know that continuation betting (following a preflop raise no matter what) is a good tactic to play 80-90% of the time. suit) and you won’t get the cards you want on the flop, in which case you should think twice.
Check-raising is a good move in this situation and is underutilized; you need to establish an image of a strong player with a few good hands, otherwise other players will know what it is.
Likewise, don’t try to miss the turn and bluff the river. The range of hands you can do this with is so small that you can’t fool anyone.
On the river, you have two options: a bet to fill in , or a bluff. If you’ve successfully played the turn, you may have a whole range of hands at the moment. If your hand is not strong enough, you need to find out if you are in bluffing position.
A good ratio is one bluff for every two inflating bets. But remember that this is art, not science, and it all depends on the situation, as well as your opponent’s playing style.
Know your opponents
Here are the general types of players who meet at the tables and may or may not be bluffing:
Mr. or Mrs. I have no idea As the saying goes, “If they don’t know what they want, how can you?” This type of player is too unpredictable to spend their chips on them. Leave them alone.
Aggressor An extreme version of a loose-aggressive player, this type will bite weaker players, either as a tactical move, or due to a large ego and a lack of brains. Decide and play accordingly.
Player from A to Z This good level player not only has B, but C, D, E, E and G. You need to notice when someone is falling behind and take an advantage.
Downhill player. This player has really gone crazy, whether it’s because of alcohol, a bad beat, or a fear of high stakes. Play with him any time you have a hand and it will pay off afterwards.
Player – tutorial (more common in limit games). He is a good but predictable player, so respect his game and confuse him by playing unpredictably.
Instinct vs math (usually found in no-limit and limit games, respectively). The former rely on instinct most of the time, while the latter believe in numbers. In both cases, you have the opportunity to exploit their weaknesses.
Young Fighter It is said that players play more conservatively with age, so you need to keep in mind the age of the opponent.
A gambler . Unlike the aggressor or loose-aggressive type, this player is here for the thrill. Be patient and you will receive a sum of money from him.
Recreational player .. This player is here to have fun or to learn the game and considers losing as payment for experience. It is very easy to win money from these players, but treat them with respect – as you want the player to come back to the table again and again.
Chameleon. A real opponent, with no established patterns of play (and no single strategy to help you beat him). Watch and learn – and do not try to deceive him, as he is most likely one step ahead.