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new to playing poker?

any tips on how to bluff? what signs should I be looking for to know some one else is bluffing

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  • 1 month ago

    if they just keep moving there eyes, not a strait face

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  • 1 month ago

    You need to perfect your "poker face". That's learning not to give away any feelings from your face.

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  • 1 month ago

    Generally you want your bluffs to be in spots where you can credibly have one of the hands you're pretending to have. Not only that, your ratio of bluffs to strong hands in such spots shouldn't be too high.

    In other words, it takes some self-awareness of how you play. If you bluff the river every time you miss a draw, while never betting for thin value on the river, then when a draw misses and you fire a bet, it will be easy for a half-decent opponent to call you with a weak hand, because your missed draws will far outnumber your monsters and they'll know you have nothing in between. This is a common mistake bad players make.

    How to know when someone else is bluffing, well rarely can you know it 100%, but you don't need to. No matter how large their bet, you're always getting some pot odds, so you never even need to be 50% sure. Assigning percentages is part experience and part math. For starters, don't try to put them on a single hand. Put them on a "range" of possible hands. Once you put them on a range, the rest is counting the two-card combinations. If they have 25 combos total, 9 of which you're beating, then you're winning 9/25 of the time. Compare that to the pot odds you're getting to see if calling is worth it.

    Accurately putting them on ranges comes with experience. Part of it is logic. Some players lack the self-awareness I mentioned above, or they assume you're not paying attention, so sometimes they make it easy. At the extreme end, they might bluff in spots where they would literally never have the hand they're representing. For instance, someone might try to represent trips, when that would require having checked top-pair on the flop, and yet that person literally never checks top pair on similar flops in a similar situation.

    Catching bluffs is much more about deducing ranges than it is about spotting tells. Tells are great when someone is dumb enough to give one off, but they're as big a part of the game as pop culture would have you believe, which is why it's possible to get very good at poker by playing online (in the real-money games).

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  • Jay P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Many people have some sort of tell-tale sign when bluffing.  Good players know how to control their own emotions and cheating to avoid showing others what they may or may not have.  Good players are also good observers, studying their opponents for bluffing and patterns in play.

    What to look for?  That depends on the person but changes in voice, body movements, lack of eye contact or darting eye contact, etc.

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  • NONAME
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    try not to bluff...only try to read others bluffing. eyes, fidgeting and a loss of breathing are signs of a great hand.

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  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    wear sun glasses as many pros do

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