To bluff or not to bluff
To bluff or not to bluff, that is the question. Bluffing, for some, is a poker essential. Why? The reason for this is that in poker, we all know that you do not always get a good hand. So what do you do when you get a bad one? Fold at the first sight of it? Why not make others believe that you have the best hand and scare them? While some people consider it lying, poker people phrase it as bluffing.
It is said so many times that in poker you do not always get good hands, but you should also remember that you can't always get bad hands. And this poker principle can work to your advantage. Since every poker play knows that you can not always get bad hands, you can bluff them that after a string of bad hands, you finally got a good one. Now, having a good hand can be real or not, it doesn't matter, as long as you can lead them to believe you have one, you will do just fine.
Surprisingly, though, there are two forms of bluffing in poker. One is bluffing and the other is semi-bluffing. Semi-bluffing is the lesser of the two evils, if you put it that way. Semi-bluffing is what you do when you make others believe that you already got a good hand when in reality, you're still waiting for the turn or the river to be able to really have a good one. On the other hand, bluffing is done by leading others to believe that you have a good one when your hand really is not, even with all the community cards revealed.
However, be careful in bluffing your opponents. The better the poker player is, the harder to bluff him/her. Expert poker players do not easily fall for bluffs, especially when someone who is just beginning to learn the art of bluffing is doing it against them. As mentioned, bluffing is a poker art; it needs time to be mastered.
It is also easier to bluff in online poker rooms because not one of your opponents can see your reactions. When bluffing, you have to keep an expressionless face, hence the term poker face. Online poker players do not have the luxury of seeing their opponents, which is unfortunate in a way that movements or body language can serve as clues whether a player is bluffing or not.