How to Win Poker Tournaments Easily – Bluffing in free online poker is obviously optional, but in my experience it is essential at some point if you want to win and progress to higher stakes poker. In poker, there are many ways to bluff, depending on what situation you are in. Once you’ve mastered the basics, being able to make a good bluff will become simple.
First, and very importantly, knowing your table drawing is a key factor to consider before bluffing. Tight players are more likely to succeed with a bluff than loose players. Keep in mind what you are trying to achieve by bluffing, and that is that you are trying to convince other players that you have a hand that you don’t have, therefore draw the table. A loose player may be called after the flop with a medium pair or even a high ace, a tight player will not.
When thinking of making a bluff while playing free online poker, you need to consider how other players play and what type of player they are. More experienced players are much more likely to see your bluff than less experienced players. Less experienced players tend not to have their own table image so you should be able to easily find the type of player you are playing against.
Moving on from the table figure, pre-flop action is also important for ‘big’ bluffs.
Say 45 minutes you enter a tournament, you play pretty tight but the dealer is not good and not much is going on. The curtains have just been raised and you feel like a big bluff is needed.
You have a queen/ten suit, a pretty good bluffing hand. To pass this as a king or ace/king pair, you need to pre-flop upgrade. ‘How much?’ I heard you say. Remember that you are trying to bluff to win chips, so you will need to increase the amount that will be called by at least one or two players. Let’s assume two players call your raise and the flop comes two/nine/king, rainbow.
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While you have a good chance of getting a straight with your ten and queen, you still have a chance to continue your bluff with the king. It’s possible that one of the other two players has a king, but you need to find out, so you shoot your first bullet (this should be more than the minimum bet). Say one player calls and the other folds. The turn comes six, still a rainbow.
You now need to fire your second bullet. This has to be a pretty big bet but most importantly it has to be bigger than the first. Now if your opponent has a nut, he or she will probably lift you up, in which case you can Hollywood for a while before folding. But if he just called, he most likely only had a king.
So let’s say he calls and the river comes four. The next bet is always the hardest, but most importantly, you have to fire the third bullet, and again must be more than the second. A check at this stage will result in one bet being followed or a big bet that you have to fold. Whatever happens here you need to be ready to fold your hands and not let your third bullet go all-in. Remember if your bluff hits the river, your pre-flop raise will make your opponent feel like they’re behind the whole hand.…