Being able to make your opponents believe that you have something else on hand than what you actually have is an extremely important part of the poker game.
Sometimes you want to get your opponent to call even though you are sitting with an unbeatable hand, sometimes you want everyone to lie down so you can grab the pot even though you have nothing but junk cards.
When we talk about bluffing at the poker table, it is
normally the latter type of bluff we are referring to, that is, when you make
your opponents believe that you have a better hand than you actually have.
In this article, we will address some important points
to keep in mind that may improve a player’s chances of successful scams.
Here are three points to keep in mind when you are in
a situation where a scam may be relevant:
Do not underestimate the importance of position.
Always calculate the odds and calculate your chance of
winning as a percentage. Sometimes we let our emotions run away with us and
experience hands as better than they really are.
It is seldom a good idea to bluff if the person left
in the pot is known to be extremely careful. He or she probably has something
good to bring, otherwise the cards would have been discarded a long time ago.
When deciding whether to bluff or not, you should
always take into account your position at the table, as well as the expected
value of the hand.
Let’s look at a hypothetical scenario: You play cash
game and sit at the button. Everyone has received their cards, the first round
is over and now it’s time for the flop.
Aces, nine and two land on the table, all players
sitting before you check, and you choose to raise. In this scenario, it is very
likely that the majority of players choose to fold, as they know that you can
sit with the highest pair.
If one or more players do not fold, you should think
about what to do next and figure out how big your chance of getting the best
hand is purely mathematical. It must of course be taken into account that it
may happen that one of the players who checked is actually sitting with the