When to Back Off the Bluffing
Whether you are playing tournament poker or cash game poker, you’ll find that you could get yourself into a few spots where you want to continually bluff. This may have something to do with the fact that it worked a few times in a row, or just that you are feeling confident. Either way though, there is definitely a time when you need to pump the breaks and quit the bluffing for a bit. The most important thing here though is to know WHEN to stop the bluffing. It can be a tough thing to call, but there are a few specific times that it becomes fairly obvious that taking a step back is the best thing to do. Today we are going to look at these times, and also help out so that you can go back to tight play after getting a bit too loose.
When Opponents Catch On
An obvious one right? Well, not so necessarily for everyone. You need to be aware when your opponents start to call your bluffs more often, and also when they start to decide that they want to re-raise you more often. This is about the time that you end up having to muck your hand consistently or show that you are bluffing, and that’s never a good thing to have to do. It’s an awful feeling to get caught in a bluff, but it’s also a bad feeling when you know that everyone at the table has a good idea of the fact that you are bluffing consistently. This can be a good way to set yourself up to make some money though, because if they think that you are bluffing and you end up with a big hand then they’ll call you down!
After It Works MULTIPLE Times
If you’ve made some small bluffs and built up your stack a bit, people could potentially look to get some of those chips back. If you keep bluffing into them it’s more than likely that eventually they are going to start calling down your bluffs and put the pressure back on you. After you’ve built up your stack (especially in tournament play), don’t be afraid to not go for the home run bluff’s over and over again from that point. Look for spots to keep building, but also do your best to look for the big hands to try to win some big pots from there. Making small bluffs isn’t a bad thing, but it’s when you are bluffing big on the turn and river that you start to risk quite a few of your chips.
Obviously as you can tell her, it’s all about not letting your opponents catch on to your thought process throughout the hands. If they catch on to the fact that you are bluffing often then it will end up going pretty bad at some point before the end. If you keep changing it up and sometimes show a bluff, and other times show that you were strong, it’s much more likely that you’ll have a nice run late into the tournament.