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How to bluff
Here are some tips and tricks about Texas Holdem and how to use Bluffing In Texas Holdem Poker to make money. If you are dreaming of playing in a big money tournament then this is a good place to start.
Don’t worry about the texas holdem odds. Play the people and be aware that you will always live or die on the river. There are times to bluff and times not to bluff. Some people cannot tell the difference. You most certainly want to get caught bluffing a time or two a night just to make sure that you do not get pegged as a tight player.
A very good bluff that does not even look like a bluff is raising before the flop with Big Slick Ace/King. Before you do this you must be mindful of your position on the table. Cool, if you are the dealer or acting just before the dealer but of less use as you travel back toward the blinds.
Before you decide that you are going to bluff, look at the reward if you pull it off. How much money is in the pot? Some people call this pot odds, and have a whole lot of complicated calculations to make before they decide. I just look at it.
There is either a large stack of chips or a small stack. If there is a large stack of chips I will attempt a bluff. Bluffing is simply selling an idea. The idea is that you have the best hand. It helps a lot that your opponent can see right on the table that there is a possible straight or flush. Is there a pair? You might have three of a kind or a full house.
Don’t show your hand to any spectators in an attempt to bluff. Everybody knows that if you show your hand after the cards are on the table then you are probably bluffing.
Reading The Texas Holdem Poker Board
When you look at the flop always take your time and use the same abount of time every time. Don’t look at any of the other players when you raise your head. Look instead at a neutral place or the dealer. You should not have picked up your cards until you have had a chance to study the other players at the table pick up theirs. Holdem can be fast paced but you can slow it down some without being obnoxious about it.
When you are playing Texas Holdem you are going to want to check raise from time to time. The check raise seems to some people to be sneaky and underhanded. Coming as it does from a hand that first checks, pretending to have a weak hand, to a hand that will raise. It can really ruffle some feathers, especially those guys who are trying to limp into the hand.
They want to get all the way to the river without spending any money. You want them to spend money. The other day I was playing and was dealt the seven of spades and eight of spades. I know that there are long odds of catching a flush on the flop and the eight has lots of over cards that will beat it, but I was feeling lucky. The flop comes seven of diamonds, seven of hearts and a king of clubs.
Cool, I flopped a set. Fortunately for me another player flopped kings over sevens. His two pair looked pretty good to him. I could tell because he was eager to bet. I thought about it for a long time, making him wait. Then checked. He bet his KK/77 and I raised him. It changed the whole complexion of the game. He had thought he was top dog until I raised. He called me. On the turn the fourth seven came up. It gave him the full house and me the nut four of a kind. I checked again. He could barely hide his glee as he bet.
Do not get lost in the raises and reraises. Too many of the poker players, if you could call them that, call every hand. You need to find a game that will not tempt you to do as they do. As in everything you do in reality what you train to do in practice.
There is the classic story of a police officer who when training on the firing range was taught to fire six rounds and then stop and pick up his ejected brass. When he was drawn into a real gun fight that is exactly what he did. He fired six rounds, stopped, and picked up his brass. He was, unfortunately, killed.
The Kicker In Texas Holdem
Do not underestimate the value of the kicker in Texas Holdem Poker. It may mean the difference between winning or losing. You will be suprised to find out how many times a Texas Holdem hand comes down to a tie with the kicker as the tie breaker.
I usually start out in a Holdem game playing very tight. It is only after I have had a chance to take the measure of a few of the players that I will loosen my game. Remember you are not the one that sets the tone of the game. It is all the poker players that have gotten there before you. You have to adapt to their style of play and blend into the crowd.