Experience, Round Actions

The Art of Bluffing

6In 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.

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Why Play Poker?

2Now that we are a little familiar as to what Poker is, why should we play it?

The least important common reason in playing Poker is for the money. Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of players do not play to make money. It takes constant focus in order to make money from poker. Most people simply aren’t interested in that as it takes too much concentration. While winning money is never a bad thing, it isn’t their primary focus.

The average poker player plays casually. They play Poker as they would any other hobby. We use it to bond with friends, family, and even strangers. It is a past time that they can play in the background while catching up with friends, bantering and having a good time.

In a more serious setting, it is also a game in which we use to test our wits versus others. The act of betting, raising, and bluffing to force an opponent to fold away their hand is so satisfying. There  is a sense of excitement when pitting oneself with another person and seeing who will blink first. After all, who doesn’t like a challenge from time to time?

 

Experience, Improvement, Round Actions

What is Poker: Texas Hold’ em?

hiPoker: Texas Hold’em is a card game found in all casinos that mixes luck and skill. In it, players attempt to create the best 5 card hand with their 2 given cards and the 5 community cards. Texas Hold’ em, one of the many variations of Poker, uses a common hand strength hierarchy that many other card games follow.

Like other card games, there is luck involved in taking home victories in Poker. However, what draws it apart from other card games is that it’s a skill reliant game. It pits you against other players, which automatically cuts out the house advantage that is found in nearly every game at casinos. It is the only game that a player, if he has the ability to outmaneuver his opponents, can truly profit from.

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