Types of Poker Bluffs

August 08, 2012 :: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 17 – 5 Types Of Texas Holdem Poker Bluff

Players who are reasonably new to poker often think that a bluff is just a big bet made with no real poker hand – in the hope that your opponent will fold and let you scoop a bog pot.

As you gain experience the situations and types of bluffing available will start to become more apparent. This article lists 5 common forms of bluffing to help you start winning at Texas Holdem poker today.

  1. The ‘Pure Bluff’
  2. The ‘traditional’ bluff of a big bet with no hand to back it up. While this bluff has its place in Texas Holdem poker games, over-using it will quickly result in going broke! The key to an effective pure bluff is the consistency of bets throughout the hand.

    A poker hand tells a ‘story’ to an experienced player. If your bets, along with the flop, turn and river, do not ‘add-up’ an expert opponent will often call – a very expensive outcome for the bluffer.

  3. The ‘Semi-Bluff’
  4. The semi-bluff is a big bet made with the worst hand – however this bet is made with a hand that has a reasonable chance to improve to the best hand if you are called. Common examples are bluffs made with straight or flush ‘draws’ (for example 4-cards to a flush with the turn and river still to come).

    While the bluffing element and the ‘drawing’ element may be unprofitable alone, together they turn this bluff into a winning proposition in many circumstances.

  5. The Continuation Bet
  6. Probably the most common poker bluff of all, this move relies on the fact that most hands will miss the flop. If you have raised before the flop and were called – then a bet of one-half to two-thirds of the pot after the flop will often win – even if you missed.

    This is known as a continuation bet as you are ‘continuing’ with the strength you showed by raising before the flop.

  7. The Check-Raise Bluff
  8. Advanced bluffers like to use the check-raise bluff as a defense against opponents who habitually continuation bet. The idea is that you allow your opponent to represent a hand on the flop by checking – then raise them as a bluff.

    The advantage of this bluffing technique is that you will win 2 bets when it works. The disadvantage is that this is more expensive when it does not work.

  9. The Post-Oak Bluff
  10. If you had a really strong hand by the river in Texas Holdem there are many times you will make a small bet in order to ensure you get paid a few more chips.

    The ‘Post-Oak’ bluff mimics such a small bet, in the hope that an opponent will ‘read’ you as being strong and fold their hand! This should only be tried against thinking opponents and has the advantage of being a cheap bluff to run!

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