Bluffing in poker
Paul Phua says bluffing in poker games is a big part of learning how to get good at the game, and it always will be. Even if you play poker online. There are very few players who can consistently win lots of money around the poker table without sometimes pretending they have really good hands when in fact they don’t. That’s because it is impossible always to be dealt good cards. You’re occasionally, going to get bad cards – very often in fact! Even so, sometimes, when you get dealt average cards, you might want the chance to win the pot. That’s because maybe there are others around the table who have had a bad run themselves, they are feeling a bit bruised, and you feel there’s an opportunity there to win a pot, because your opponents will be reluctant to chase after you.
Some players bluff more than others, of course. Some players are famous for it – it’s part of their style of play. But learning when and how to bluff is important. They’re things that amateur players often don’t think too much about on poker night. Paul Phua thinks they should.
Paul Phua says that one mistake a lot of amateur players make during poker games is on the size of the bet when they are bluffing. He says that amateur players often have a uniform bluff – the same amount each time. However, Paul Phua thinks that this means sometimes they bet too much, and sometimes not enough. Watch the video to find out why you have to vary up your bluffs in Texas Holdem. One size doesn’t fit all! You need to evaluate the possibilities at the poker table.
Also, Paul Phua thinks maybe you should change how often you bluff over time. Changing your styles of play and poker strategies – not just within a game but over an extended period – is a good idea. Paul Phua says he changes his poker strategy even over years. A few years ago he rarely bluffed, so that when he did, people thought he had good hands and would fold to his river bets. Nowadays, he has more of a reputation as a bluffer, so people will call his bluff more, but they will then lose the pot because he has good hands. Paul Phua says you should use people’s perceptions of you and subvert them!
Bluffing in poker, both in the casino and when playing poker online, is useful and necessary if you want to maximise the equity you get out of your poker hands. But you have to learn when, how, and how much.
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