Bluffing

We’ve all done it, and we’ve all seen other players do it. We’ve all been caught doing it, we’ve all succeeded in doing it, we’ve all seen other players get caught doing it, and we’ve all wondered if a player won the pot by doing it. So when should you bluff, or should you never bluff? And when should you call a player whom you think is bluffing?

Let’s start with calling other alleged bluffers. Now, whether or not to do this depends what you have in your hand, how many players are in the pot, how much money is in the pot, and what position you’re in.

Suppose it-s just you and one other player in the pot. If you think the player is bluffing and you’re only holding a small pair (let’s say 6s or smaller), don’t even think about calling. For often times when players bluff, they do have something, even if it doesn’t warrant the amount of their bet. If you have a pair of 9s or higher, and have strong reason to believe that the player is bluffing, you still might not want to call. You need to consider how big the pot is and how big the bet is. If there’s only 40 cg in the pot and the bet is 50 cg, is it really worth it to call?

Certainly not – and don’t your desire to catch someone in a bluff get in the way; you need to remember that you’re playing against all the players, not just one. But suppose that the pot is 200 cg, and the bet is 50 cg. Now you need to think about what reason you have to think the player is bluffing. Have you seen this player get caught in bluffs frequently? Once in a while? Or never? If you’ve never seen the player bluff, then you’d be crazy to call. My advice to you is to call only if you’ve seen the player get caught bluffing before or if you think the player is playing desperately. Always keep in mind that the players most likely to bluff are the players who are losing.
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What if there’s the alleged bluffer and two other players in the pot? If the alleged bluffer bets, the other player calls, and now it-s your turn, then you must fold the hand. The player who called had certainly got you beat if the only reason you’re thinking about calling is that you think the opener is bluffing. But if the other player checks, then you might think about calling.

So far I’ve been talking about “calling” a bluff. But you should never just call a bluff, you should raise a bluff. Why? Well, if you’re confident enough to call the bluff, then you should be confident enough to raise the bluff. This has the strategic value of letting the other player know that bluffing won-t work against you, so the player will be less likely to try it again. But now a word of caution: if the bluffer raises you back, FOLD! Either the player wasn’t bluffing to begin with, or the player is so crazy that you just don’t want to mess with him.

What about bluffing yourself? When considering a bluff, first see how many players you’re up against. If there’s three of more, chances are that at least one of them is going to call you, and you will not only lose your gold, you will also lose respect from the other players. The exception to this is opening your bluff with a few hundred grams, but here the risk is so high that it’s not really worth it. Also, if the pot is small it-s just not worth it, and if the pot is big you can count on at least one of the other players saying to herself, “Well, the pot’s just too big, I’ve got to call.”

The only time you should ever consider a bluff is when you’re in last position, everybody has checked to you, the pot is big enough to warrant a bluff, and you’re willing to open with a very large bet. But since this happens once in a blue moon, my advice to you is never to bluff when playing Mutiplayer Draw Poker at The Gold Casino.