Bluffing in poker is one of those things that is somewhat tricky. It is hard to know if you are going to be able to steal the pot or will get raised and lose the chips you invested by bluffing. In order to help you with this we have provided you some tips to use to help you improve on your results when bluffing.
First, always be aware of the number of opponents you have to bluff. Bluffing one or two is not too hard to do but bluffing 3 or more and the odds are reduced for a successful bluff. Do not considered attempting to bluff more than two opponents unless there is strong evidence that you will succeed based on how they have bet into a hand or how they play overall.
Realize that making a bluff bet does not have to make sense for it to be a good decision as you are the one taking the risk to take down the pot. Bluffing does not have to work all the time for you to still come out ahead overall as if your opponent thinks your bluffing when you have a strong hand you will gain in that situation.
Identify the type of players you are playing against before you start to bluff. Do not bluff against those who are experienced players or those who are beginners as the beginner will call from lack of knowledge and an experienced player, if in a strong position will call or raise you and then you will have to walk away from the hand and in the processes have provided information to other players seated at the table.
Do not simply bluff for the sake of betting. Only bluff if you think you have a reasonable ability to be successful. When you do you are able to advertise that you bluffed and this will cause others to question bets when you have the nuts per say. Also, do not waste time trying to bluff a hand that is completely hopeless. Consider attempting a feeler bet, which is similar to a bluff of sorts. It could result in those in the hand folding due to their hands being as poor as yours and you take down the pot.
Bluff when all opponents check in a hand. This is especially true should there have been a pre flop raise as it could mean those players are holding high cards and failed to hit. A bluff of a 3-6 times the pot is ideal and often enough to get those players out of the hand. You are basically bluffing a hand by representing cards you may not actually hold.
Summary of Bluff strategy:
Do not be afraid to focus on those players who are weak players as they often will fold to bluffs due to lack of understanding and their inability of confidence. Ideally you want to represent an image that is tight and experienced as it will cause others to second guess their actions when faced in a hand against you. If you represent a loose player image you will be called far more often and your ability to bluff successfully will be reduced substantially.