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Poker Play and Good Bluffing Strategy

Playing poker has never been more popular than it is today, and more and more players are discovering the excitement, and profit opportunities of this great card game. Every professional poker player understands the importance of establishing a good bluffing strategy, and every poker player, no matter what their level of play, should strive to come up with a good bluffing strategy.

While bluffing is a powerful strategy, it is one that should be used sparingly. Beginning poker players love to bluff, and their bluffs are often easy to spot and easy to call. As players learn, their bluffing generally becomes less and less, and they learn when to use bluffing, and when to resist the urge to bluff.

7 Rules to Bluffing

Bluffing Strategy
  1. Only attempt a bluff if all of the cards have been dealt and you have a very weak hand. Never overdo the bluff, keep it low and cool. Hold on to your bet in the event that you make it to a showdown.
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  3. Don’t try to outdo a veteran or an expert player. Focus on potentially good outcomes and better opponents. Zoom in on one opponent at a time and don’t try to take on the table.
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  5. Never bluff just to say you bluffed. Seriously, this is a lame game attempt and it will always bite you in your backside. While many macho players think it is a sign of a strong player and some players do it just to flex a little muscle. Only bluff if you really have something to flex.
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  7. Be aware of how many players you'll have to bluff your way through. This goes back to the old idiom - “don’t bite off more than you can chew. One good bite or bluff goes a long way and is better used on one opponent than a whole table.
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  9. Leave a hopeless hand well enough alone. In other words, don’t waste your energy bluffing on a bad card. Consider semi-bluffing or realizing that there may be better cards to come or better hands to hold. Never bluff a hopeless hand when there are more cards to come.
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  11. Focus on easy players. It is easier to bluff easy weak players than to try to take down a hard core pro. Use your bluff wisely.
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  13. Maintain a good image. Seriously that last thing you want to do is to get a reputation for being impulsive, loose or even too aggressive. The best approach is to remain under the radar for as long as you can and use your bluff strategies wisely.

Knowing when to bluff is a vital part of playing poker, and there are some situations that simply call out for a bluff, including:

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