Strategies in Poker

Common Bluffing Strategies in Poker

There are many poker strategies that have made their way into casinos and onto the tables of poker games all over the world. These strategies range from simple deception (bluffing) to using actual systems to come out in the end with the winning hand whether or not you truly had the highest hand or not. It is who is left in the game with the best hand that truly makes a winner in poker.

The following is the bluffing strategy commonly used in poker:

  • Aggressive play: In aggressive play, the player is feeding off of their opponent’s vulnerability to bluffing. If a player aggressively bets and raises, it makes the other players think they have a very good hand when, in all reality, their hand may be mediocre, but their goal is to make you fold so that they may come out as the best remaining hand.
  • The complete opposite of an aggressive player is a passive player who utilizes checks and calling rather than bets and raises. It is the weaker counterpart to aggressive play, but when being used deceptively can have a benefit. Yet when using bluffs and semi-bluffs to win the game, you have to be aware of the type of players you are facing. Some tend to be what’s called “loose” players and they are the ones less likely to fold. The ones more likely to fold are tight players who do not tend to continue with weak hands.

It is fair to say that bluffing is one of the oldest and most commonly used strategies in the book. A good bluffer will have success in using bluffing as a playing strategy, but the not so good bluffer will more than naught find some resistance from other players who are good at spotting a bluffer. Just keep in mind that bluffing is acting. Although you won’t win the next Oscar, you can win some cash.