A General Poker Bluffing Strategy
When To Hold Em And When To Fold Em
The trick to a good bluff in poker is to choose the time when it appears to your opponent that you may have a good hand when you actually don't. There is no point trying to bluff if it is obvious you have a bad hand.
Take for example Five Card Stud poker. If you have a hand that shows a 2, 7, 10, and Jack of differing suits then betting the house on it is obviously a bluff since you can't possibly have better than a pair. On the other hand if you are showing a 10, Jack, Queen and King of Hearts and you bet a medium to high bet then other players may think there are good odds you have a Royal Flush, even if you have a 2 of Spades hidden. This is the essence of a good bluff.
The other important rule to remember to becoming a good bluffer, is don't try to bluff on every hand. If you bet the house on every hand, your opponents will start to realize that you have no method to your betting and start calling your bluff. Remember, on average you will not get higher than a pair in most games, so don't try acting like you have a Royal Flush every time. The odds in this case will not be in your favour as you will lose more than you win over the long term as well as losing credence to bluff even on a hand when a bluff would make