How to Win Free Online Poker Tournaments by Bluffing -Bluffing in free online poker is obviously optional, but in my experience is crucial at some point if you want to win and progress on to higher stakes poker.In poker, there are many ways to bluff, depending what situation you are in. Once you have mastered the very basics then being able to pull a good bluff will be simple.Firstly, and very importantly, knowing your table image is a key factor to consider before bluffing. A tight player is more likely to succeed with a bluff as opposed to a loose player. It is worth bearing in mind what you are trying to achieve by bluffing, and that is that you are trying to convince another player that you have a hand that you don’t, hence table image. A loose player will probably get called after the flop with a medium pair or even ace high, a tight player would not.
When thinking of pulling off a bluff when playing free Poker Online, you need to consider how the other players play and what type of player they are. A more experienced player is much more likely to spot your bluff than a less experienced player. A less experienced player is less likely to have their own table image so you should easily be able to spot what type of player you are against.Let’s say your 45 minutes into a tournament, you are playing pretty tight but the dealer is not being kind and nothing much is happening. The blinds have just increased and you feel a big bluff is required.You have queen/ten off suit, a pretty good bluffing hand. In order to pass this of as a pair of kings or ace/king, you need to raise pre-flop. ‘How much?’ I hear you say. Well remember that you are attempting the bluff in order to win chips, so you need to raise an amount that will get called by at least one player or maybe two. Lets assume two players call your raise and the flop comes two/nine/king, rainbow.
Even though you have a good chance of getting a straight with your ten and queen, you still have an opportunity to carry on your bluff with the king. There is a chance that one of the other two players has a king, but you need to find out, so you fire your first bullet (this has to be more than the minimum bet). Let’s say one player calls and the other folds. The turn comes a six, still a rainbow.You now need to fire your second QQ Online bullet. This has to be a fairly big bet but crucially it has to be bigger than your first. Now if your opponent has the nuts he will probably raise you, in which case you can Hollywood for a while before folding. If however he just calls, he more than likely just has a king.So let’s say he calls and the river comes a four. The next bet is always the hardest, but the most important, you have to fire the third bullet, and again it has to be more than the second. A check at this stage will result in one followed or a big bet which you have to fold. Whatever happens here you must be prepared to fold your hand and do not allow your third bullet to become an all-in. Remember if your bluff does reach the river, your raise pre-flop will have left your opponent feeling like he was behind throughout the hand.The third point I would make about bluffing is, do not go out on a bluff. By this I mean do not go all-in at any point. When bluffing you have to accept that others may have genuine hands, and therefore you must be prepared to fold. Nobody wants to be knocked out on a bluff.Before I talk about my final point on bluffing, a few quick fire things to consider are, your position on the table in relation to the button, the type of game your playing (by this I mean tournament, heads-up, cash table, etc), and small ‘bluff’ raises in order to still blinds from weaker players.