The Art of Bluffing
If you were to learn poker just from TV shows, you would believe that the game is all about bluffing. This is not quite the case, but the skills of creating a good bluff and spotting a bad one are integral to the game.
What is a good Poker bluff?
When someone is telling a lie, the tale they tell must be consistent with the facts available. If parts of the tale do not fit with what you can see, you become suspicious.
And so in poker, a good bluff is one that tells a believable story. The “lie” you are telling is that your hand has connected with the board in a big way. The tale you tell must mirror that.
This means that when you bluff, your sequence of raises and re-raises should look like they would do if you held a good hand. The bad bluffer plays his big hands in one way, and his bluffs in another. (more…)