The ART of the Bluff

Bluffing is really a tricky thing. I really see it as a whole art. It is not so easy to be able to use bluff plausibly, especially when you are playing with the same players.

But it is much more difficult, in my opinion, to recognize the opponent’s bluff.
There are completely insane players (like me​:sweat_smile::speak_no_evil:) who play the same hands regardless of whether they have the best hand or it’s just a bluff.
There are aggressive players who practice semi-bluffing.
There are very tight players who play 98% of the time only with strong hands. And these, in my opinion, are the most terrible rivals. Having acquired the image of a serious player who does not play when he has nothing, such a player can bluff at any time and it is possible to recognize his bluff only if you have absolutely the best hand on the flop. And most likely, he won’t give you a lot of chips, since such players are usually well-oriented and know how to fold cards, not considering it a difficult decision.

The players who only play 98%(NITS) are the easiest to play against. Since you know they only play very strong hands they are rarely bluffing. So in that case, if they enter a hand with a bet, unless you have a very strong hand, you fold. Most of the time they’ll limp, check, and fold to aggression. But, if they play into you, they have a hand. I’ve gotten to recognize some of the players here as NITS and rarely ever lose anything to them anymore. You win small amounts regularly against them, but if you play smart, you won’t lose much, and you’ll rarely win much. But, you’ll win more than you lose.

I like to bluff, it’s a good way to get chips.

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Howdy @sandino81 , welcome to the forum, hope you will come back soon. A lot of great info here and yes bluffs are part of the great game of poker. GL at the tables :smiley:

Bluffing is an integral part of Poker. Mastering it takes a lifetime. It really doesn’t work on Replay Poker because everyone chases pots but in live cash games it’s very profitable

never bluffs. Always got it.

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Thanks for the great quote from, Daniel Negreanu

Indeed the Bluff is part of the great game of poker. However, I would add you should evaluate the risk verses reward and be prepared to go all in for the win or the loss

Oh, bluffing is an art, but unfortunately I’m not good at it
I’m especially bad at bluffing players who know me. They almost always call my bets… How I came out wrote Bluffing is an art you need to learn so that your opponent believes that you are bluffing when you have a good card

More For example, I like to set a trap to force my opponent to bet…I know for sure that you can’t bluff too much, they will still understand you. I don’t know about anyone, but it’s hard for me to bluff in front of new players,

The actual secret to bluffing is knowing you have the nuts but making your opponents THINK you are bluffing to get them all to call.
That’s mastering the bluff.

Not sure I follow your logic @Craig_Anthony ? How is it a bluff when you “know” you have the nuts? In my opinion knowing you have the nuts does not equal “mastering the bluff.” What you are describing sounds more like trapping to me. Please expound. Thanks

For me, the most beautiful art in poker, I win many hands with bluffs and many times against two when they check when the flop falls, even if I have connected cards on the table, I tend to go for deception and it has worked for me, this is one of the most important skills a poker player should have the art of deception

“The Art of the Bluff”

According to my opinion it is necessary that somebody who wants to be a good regular player has the knowledge to make a bluff at the right time and against the right villain!
If i play a tournament and most of villains @table are short stacked i wouldn´t try to bluff because i will get more than one or 2 calls from villains!
It is also very important that your bluff is well prepared - you need information about other villains and their range, so if im playing against 3-4 villains and there is no preflop action and nothing after turn it is more difficult to make a good bluff and get the pot.
It is always risky to try a bluff when you have played only a few hand on table, i wouldn´t do that in the early stage of a tournament because if it doesn´t work - your 2nd try might be your last for tournament because everybbody has seen your lousy bluff before ;-)!