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Faking It

Learning how to bluff is one of the fundamentals of good poker play. Here, we cover some of the basics involved in good bluffing strategies. Disregard these principles at your own financial ruin.

Learning how to bluff is one of the fundamentals of good poker play. Here, we cover some of the basics involved in good bluffing strategies. Disregard these principles at your own financial ruin.



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    • FAKING IT Bluffing In Poker
    • FAKING ITLife is full of moments when you just have to fake it.Authenticity, honesty and sincerity all have theirplace in relationships and everyday interactions, butnot, and we repeat NOT on the poker table. Poker isabout subterfuge and a careful balancing ofstatistical strategy with the gaining of apsychological advantage via the creating ofintended impressions designed to leverage anadvantage of some kind.
    • FAKING ITWith that in mind, we’d like to offer you four fundamentalstrategies. These strategies comprise the basics of goodbluffing, and it’s absolutely essential that you grasp theseideas before you start playing for any meaningfully highstakes.1. Bluff the right people2. Don’t bluff for the sake of your ego3. Don’t bluff too often, and4. Observe
    • BLUFF THE RIGHT PEOPLEAs you develop gambling maturity, you’ll soon learn that you’lloften need to often bluff certain players more than othersdepending on where the game is going. Now: this calls for acautionary approach at times. The player with an impossiblylarge stack will be more than able to call your bluff if he evengets a slight whiff that you’re faking it. The real suckers are theones with the medium stack: not enough to adopt a carefree,laissez faire approach, but enough to keep you on your toes.
    • DON’T BLUFF FOR YOUR EGOYou need to genuinely figure out whether a bluffingstrategy is going to be useful to you when you decide toproceed with it. Don’t bluff just because you can, anddon’t do it to show off. You’ll end saving your big toe tolose your foot. In other words, bluffing for the sake ofvanity can only but jeopardize your long-termgameplay.
    • DON’T BLUFF FOR YOUR EGOBluffing is something of an art, and like most forms of great artrequires a certain subtlety for it to be truly effective. Think aboutsome of the great songs you admire – there’s a good chancethat part of the beauty of these songs lies in that occasional butmind blowing riff or solo, which when its time comes, blowseverything out the water. Its a bit like that in poker: when youbluff at just the right time, in just the right quantity, and withtrue panache, youll end up laughing all the way to the bank.
    • OBSERVEThis is just crucial. Take note of how your opponents react totheir hand, consider how they put the chips down the table(hurriedly, with a calm ease, seemingly disinterestedly, orenthusiastically), whether they placed them or slide them, whatthey do with their feet, with their hands, how their eyes dartback and forth across the room (or, indeed, whether theyretrying to maintain a focused gaze on a single object perhaps outof fear that a single, direct glance will give them away).
    • CLOSINGPoker forces you to ask these sorts of questions. Untilyou feel youve got a good grip on them, only stay inthe game when the blinds are small and the bettingportions within the ranges that youre comfortablewith.