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The Psychology of Poker

It is a well known aspect of Poker that you simply must bluff at some point during the game. Of course, what ultimately matters is what hand you have. But bluffing gives you a certain edge, provided you are a good enough liar to pull it off. On the other hand, some see it as mandatory to bluff, since it takes the game out of the realm of the ordinary and turns it into a battle of wits and whiles.

When playing a poker game, the first thing to ascertain, of course, is what kind of a hand you have. If it is a rare, good hand, then you have no need to use any of your “psychological weapons.” If, however, you see that you really have nothing to lose, then you choose your victims carefully. And then decide what you are going to do.

Are you going to act elated and overjoyed, giving the impression that you have a good hand? This is a good strategy, but one that produces results as to the winnings, since everybody thinks from the first that you have a good hand and so will not lay down large bets. On the other hand you can play it cautious. This is the better strategy, since if you don't let on that you have a good hand, then the other players will keep laying down bets and your profits will be higher.

Whatever you do, it is important not to over-do it! Remember, when you bluff you are actually acting, and like any actor, you have to give a believable performance. Even more so in the game of poker, since people will be looking out for such uncommon behavior. Do not underestimate this. People are much keener-sighted than you realize and will notice the slightest inflection or movement you make.

Remember, Poker is fun any which way you choose to play it, but bluffing gives it an extra dimension and flair. Try it. Its fun!