Bluffing is an integral part of the poker game, and is one reason why the game is so interesting. So it’s important to develop this skill if you want to win against the better players, or even to put a little color and excitement at the low limit tables. After all, without bluffing, you’ll be a predictable player—which means you won’t win very much, or win large amounts of money. People will be able to tell when you’ve got a good or bad hand, and make their decisions as risk-free as if you’d put everything face up on the table.But it’s also important not to bluff too much, as you can lose large amounts of money (or get a reputation for being a bluffer, which is just as bad as being known for someone who never does).
Bluffs are usually more successful when you are playing against one opponent. Do not do it in a game with three or more players. Another factor to consider is other players’ perception. If you are known as a loose player, your bluff will be less believable. You should also consider the element of reverse psychology. If you were recently caught bluffing, they won’t think that you’d dare bluff again. Well, surprise them.
How far should you bluff? It depends on your skills at reading other players. If you read them well, you will be able to sense when to bluff. You should also look at the board. The best bluffing opportunities present themselves when there are not that many draws or hands that can improve your opponents’ hands. If there is a scare card that you can pretend to have, that’s also a good opportunity to bluff.
Also, bluff when you are in the late position, since the information you got on other’s hands can help you assess the risks involved.