In today’s tougher poker climate then bluffing is very important. However there is an art to bluffing and it is a combination of art and science.
In this article we will look at some golden pieces of advice on how to bluff successfully. Firstly there is definitely a good number of players to try bluffing and that figure is logically the least amount. It is much easier to bluff one opponent than it is to bluff five opponents.
However that doesn’t mean to say that just because there are three opponents in the pot and we have nothing that we should automatically just give up. There are a lot of situations in games like no limit Texas hold’em where nobody has much of anything.
Aggression is good in No Limit Hold’em
In these types of pots then the player that generally wins is the one that finds the nerve to bet. These pots are called orphan pots meaning that nobody wants to own them. Sometimes a particular pot may get checked around on both the flop and the turn indicating that nobody has much of anything.
Then when a card arrives on the river that is inconsequential to the board, one opponent may bet something like half pot. This is nearly always a bluff and if you can read the situation well enough then you can raise such a bet. This is even the case when you have multiple opponents.
There are clearly optimal times to bluff and another one is when nobody has shown strength or is likely to have any strength. As we have just seen, listening to the actions of your opponents is one of the best indicators that a bluff may be successful.
This is why position is so important because you get to see what your opponents are doing before you have to act. For example if your opponent has checked then this is a bigger indication that a bluff will work when you bet.
No Limit Hold’em Signals
However if they have bet then they are showing more of an indication that they have something than if they had checked! While they themselves could be bluffing, listening to the action is the biggest indicator that you will have as to the type of hand that your opponent holds.
So if they bet then you need a very good reason to raise as a bluff. Usually you would need to have some fall back equity at the very least of a flush draw or straight draw or something that could help you out if your bluff raise gets called. Your opponent’s likely range is also another strong factor of whether or not your bluff will work.
For example an opponent will have more weak hands in their range when raising from the button than they would from the under the gun position. In this instance then you will be able to bluff more successfully against this wider range than you would had they raised from a much earlier position.