To Bluff or Not to Bluff
Poker is a game of skill and a little luck. In the game, players must learn to bluff the not so good hands so that they can win the big bucks. A poker game is more than just two cards. Of course, any player can play the good hands, like big slick, but to be the number one player you must learn to play the people besides the cards that you are dealt with. To learn poker first you have to learn your opponent’s “tells” which are hints that a player is bluffing or playing a good hand. They could be playing only good hands and this is something that you can pick up on.
When playing poker you must pay attention to the details of your opponent. The way a person sits or moves about can be a tell of their playing style. Betting style is another big tell in poker. This goes hand in hand with play position at the table. A player that is on the button, or the dealer, will be the first to act after the cards are dealt. If a raise from the player is constant, then they may be bluffing to get as many players out of the hand as possible. Players in small and big blinds may do the same.
A person’s mannerisms often are tells at a poker game. They may scratch their nose or frequently play with their chips. Someone who looks at their cards often could be bluffing. The best key to tell if someone is bluffing is their eyes. The eyes may look intrigued or disappointed, but be careful. This style of play could be a trap and could lose you some money. If you are looking to bluff, then you can do these simple things. Do remember that you are not the only one that looks for tells at a poker table. There are eyes everywhere.
Lastly, it seems that the more one talks or complains the more that they might bluff. This type of person could be on tilt and not thinking clearly. They might be trying to distract you and make you believe that they are holding the best hand when, in fact, they are not. The talking tell is not one that a lot of people know, but the more that you play the game the more that you see this. Poker playing takes time and patience to learn. The more that you play the better that you will be. Lose some money and learn some poker life lessons.