In a table of 8 players, the chances of you actually winning a hand are slight to none. Over the long run, each player should win 12.5% of their hands. Thats not very high. Thats also a lot of time invested.
So how does one increase their percentages? With the art of bluffing.
When you can bluff effectively when an opponent has a medium level hand, you can potentially steal a pot that he/she would’ve otherwise won. Effective bluffing can help raise your winning percentages from 12.5% to 20%, which is significantly higher.
Bluffing is acting like you have a bigger hand than you do. More than that, it is saying you have a better hand than the opponent. In essence, you have to bet an amount that the opponent wouldn’t feel comfortable calling with their hand, which is only effective when they have a medium or low tier hand.
For example, you have a 7 2 hand while your opponent has a K J hand. The flop comes out A K 2. The opponent has a better hand than you because they hit a pair and you didn’t. But, you can bet accordingly so the opponent might think you have a pair Aces. Imagine if you all inned. Would they be willing to risk all their chips just to call the second best hand? Likely not. And with that, you would have beaten an opponent with a losing hand. You can see why this can be dangerously effective in trying to increase your win percentages.
Of course, you have to determine the type of hand your opponent has before attempting this. If you bluff when the opponent has the best hand possible, then you are at risk of losing alot of chips. Or even if you bluff excessively, it can become apparent to the opponent and they can take advantage of you. This makes sense though.
With great power comes great responsibility. Bluffing is an art. And as all art, it takes time to perfect.