If you are new to online poker or idn poker and are wondering if bluffing is as important as when you play live offline, here are some tips that may help you decide.
There is more bluffing in online poker than live poker — The thing you need to remember more than anything else is that bluffing goes on in an online casino far more often than it does in a live poker game.
This is due to no player being able to see their opponents, so not able to see their faces as they bluff either.
How important is it for you to bluff? — If all your opponents are bluffing, which they usually will be, it would not benefit you at all not to.
After all, if some of your opponents are bluffing and then making crazy bets, you may be able to get away with doing the same. Particularly as, if you do have any physical tells that normally show up, you can bluff quite happily when playing online poker and not be found out.
In live poker, however, you have to be more careful as, unless you have a very good poker face, it is much easier for an opponent to figure out the truth.
How to find out if opponents are bluffing — While you cannot see your opponents’ faces, so cannot tell if they are bluffing like you can when playing live poker, there is a way you can figure it out more easily.
That is by watching what your opponents do, and then taking notes on each move. That way you can look back on them later, and match their bluffs with their hands. To make this even more accurate, you can also look at any hand histories the online casino logs to get a closer look at their particular hands.
How to bluff online successfully — When it comes to your own bluffing during online poker, there are ways to do it successfully.
Bluffs will usually be more successful if the table is tight. Assess yours, and avoid bluffing if the table is loose.
Keep your bluffs for the higher stakes tables as, in the lower stakes games, you are much more likely to have your bluff called.
Remember too, if there are a large number of people at your online poker table, you may want to wait to bluff until a number of them have folded. You have more chance of someone in a large group calling your bluff, and thus destroying your plan.
Finally, save your bluffs till later in the game if at all possible. Early on there are too many people playing and too many chances of somebody in the group holding a strong hand. Wait until the game is almost over, however, and there is less chance of someone calling your bluff.