All players use the tool of bluffing to earn money. Flight is a difficult skill to master in poker and folding is one of the most common acts on the poker table.
Playing bluff or resorting to being a fraud is another gimmick adapted by players to win the pot. By the act of bluffing you are either manipulating or deceiving the other players. Excellent poker players have a cutting edge over the other players on the table by resorting to this pattern of playing. Playing bluffs and semi-bluffs is an art which is difficult to master as most of the players get caught in doing so.
Playing bluff in poker is not a taboo. It is one of the mannerisms adopted by the players to dupe the opponents. You should avoid winning pots only if you have premium cards. Sometimes you should severely punish the other players on the table by either bluffing or semi-bluffing and you should win the pot and laugh your way to the bank.
If you want to watch excitement on a poker table you should play bluff. This would alter the path of the game and would challenge the opponents to gauge your game as well.
One of the safest and the best time to bluff is when others are playing a serious game. You can bluff to break the monotony of your playing style. If the playing style is too predictable and you only play when you have good hand. Playing bluff would add excitement on the poker table and all the opponents would be in frenzy thinking about your motive and the cards you have.
Many poker players bluff at the wrong time and at the wrong juncture. This leads to opponents deciphering the bluffs and the player is then in an embarrassing situation. Big pots attract most players to play bluff. The general tendency of players is that they resort to bluffing after the flop. That sets the pace of the game and many players fold their cards. The ulterior motive of the bluff is to win the pot by eliminating the players from the poker table, either by betting big, or by betting small indicating a value bet (even if its a thin value bet).
You should avoid being a predictable player and one of the best ways to shun that image is by bluffing. The best time to bluff is when he opponents are least expecting it. Bluffing would pay off only if you are able to trick your opponents and win the pot.
When you see commentators on TV analyzing a poker player’s decision on the river, you might have come across with the term “thin value”. The skill to get the thin values from marginal hands will spell if a player is good or a great poker player. I am pretty sure you want to be at least good so take some time to read about it.
Thin value is when you place a value bet when you see a marginal hand on the river and take advantage of the small profits that you can get on a long haul.
To understand more what thin value means, let us give you an example:
When you have a strong hand like J-club J-heart and you have J-diamond, 7, 4, A, and 2 on the board, then you will be inclined to raise and bet all day long because of the value in pushing forward your chips here.
On the other hand if you have 3-3 and J, 7, 4, A, 2 on the board then you will most likely check until you see all the sheep jump over the fence because there is simply no value betting for this scenario.
The above situations are extremes and thin value is what you get when you are in between. It is actually a bit difficult to tell if you are getting some value bets to consider.
When you have a strong hand the bigger profit you can make where as the other extreme puts you on a negative value. Thin value can be achieve when there is a small chance of having a best hand but making a small profit after all with a mediocre hand. I’ve seen top players like Laurens De Smet or Jeff Lisandro make valuebets in spots I would never be able to do so. Identifying these spots is vital!
Thin value betting can actually make you a more dangerous player on the table. Of course, you also get to take home more money.