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Bluffing in No Limit Texas Holdem

RayanM

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One of the most important aspects of Texas holdem is the bluff, no matter if you're playing live or at one of the many Texas Holdem poker sites available. Every player at the table can use the bluff. It has the potential to reap the richest harvests. It can get a player in the most trouble.

Bluffing is such an attractive option that often players misuse it. It is true that the bluff is always available, but players should not misuse it. The fundamental principle behind the bluff is to deceive other players into thinking you have a better hand than you actually do. So, when is it a good time to use the bluff? We will give you a few Texas Holdem tips regarding this very important part of the game.

Look at how Other Players Play

Bluffing can work at a table where players are playing tight. When you see players making small bets, folding a lot and generally just playing tight controlled games, a big bluff will probably scare off tight players. This bluff will succeed many times. However, if you overuse the bluff in a tight game, the other players will quickly realize it. In this scenario, it is only a matter of time before someone calls you out on the bluff and you lose.

Checkmate

When all the other players check at a table, a good bluff can often bring the pot your way. When players check, they often have little, or they are trying to build a hand (in Texas Holdem online some players choose to auto-check, and that's an even stronger sign of a weak hand). Why give anyone a chance to build a decent hand? A good bluff will result in players folding. If someone calls your bluff, use caution. Odds are the player who called the bluff has a decent hand. Also, concern yourself with players who check because they are trying to lure others into betting. A player who has a good hand can plant a bluff as a trap. This move happens often.

Once You Start, There's No Turning Back

If you begin a bluff, it's like a contract you signed with the table. You need to follow the bluff through to convince other players at the table that you really have a hand. For example, if you bet or raise before the flop and the flop produces nothing for your hand, a good bluff will let others think that you have made something on the flop and they will fold.

The bluff could be your best friend, and it could also be your worst enemy. If you don't abuse it, you will get along just fine with one of the most important components of Texas holdem, the bluff.
 
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