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Bluffing in Texas Holdem

Bluffing in Texas Holdem

When you walk into a casino, most games of chance are pretty straightforward.  Roulette, craps, slot machines…you make your bet then see if you win, depending on the spin of the wheel, roll of the dice and the one-armed bandit.  But poker is different. More interactive.  And not just online poker.
During a poker game, you get a chance to up your bet and change the odds. Especially in Texas Holdem.  Some people like to pull out their poker calculators to see what percentage chance to win they have.  Others just count the poker chips in front of them.  But it is really a pretty simple game.  Good hands win, poor hands lose.
But not always.  That’s where everyone’s favorite poker strategy comes in.  The bluff. Most beginners love the idea of bluffing.  It often takes years and lots of lost pots before they realize there is a time and a place to bluff.  Especially in a game of Texas Holdem.  Let’s look at a few of them.


You bet pre-flop and didn’t get the draw

But they don’t know you didn’t get the poker cards you needed.  Of course, you didn’t get the cards, so this can be dicey.  Take a good long look at the board and the other players.  If you’re holding 5-6 hoping to fill a straight, don’t do it.  But AK or a pair could pull it off.

On the river

If it looks like the drawing hands missed, it is time to strike.  A lot of players will fold, others might stay in just because of pot odds, so this is a good situation to bluff with a weak hand, say a low pair or Ace high. Not every winning hand in Texas Holdem has to have good cards.

You’re in late position and all other players checked.
This is a pretty common place to try to bluff.  Most of the other players at the poker table know it, and you may have some players staying in just to keep you honest.  If you’ve been able to make this move several times during the game when you had good cards, then it becomes a much easier poker strategy to pull off.

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