Should you bluff in Poker?

So, what is bluffing?  To bluff is to make a raise or a bet with a hand that is somewhat lousy. If done successfully, it’s supposed to trick an opponent into folding, because they think you have the better hand.Bluffing can be a risky tactic – but taking a risk can also bring high pay-offs! Remember, being scared of taking a chance is no way to win.On the other hand, it’s good to know when to fold!

Before you decide to bluff, it’s important to make sure you know the stakes – andto have good cards! Position is important. Bluff when you are close to the button:  you will have had the chance to observe your opponents, and assess the risk.

Learning to spot bluffs is even more important–firstly, you’ll be able to recognise the signs when your opponent is trying to pull one over you. (And hopefully act accordingly!) Furthermore, being aware of the most common tells will help you avoid exhibiting them yourself.  Watch how carefully/carelessly your opponent places their bet. Keep an eye on that body language! Twitching,flaring nostrils and holding of breath can all indicate bluffing. Contrarily, an opponent who goes suddenly still may be trying to lull you into a false sense of security.

But don’t invent tells that aren’t there just to call a bluff. In fact, sometimes it is better to let it slide: calling a bluff requires knowledge of your opponent. Ideally, this is someone with whom you have played before.

Remember, Poker is a game of skill andit takes time to hone thosePoker senses, so practice, practice, practice!