Without learning how to bluff it’s just difficult to win some money when you are playing poker. Bluffing is all about being in control of the betting. You just need to force your opponents to make a choice, on whether your opponents’ hands are good enough to beat what you act as if to have in your hand. But you don’t want to get identified as a player who bluffs at every pot. Good players will herd to you when they figure this out. When you’re already winning two out of three hands when you bluff you should know that you’re picking your spots correctly and everyone will just respect you being a good player.
Keep on playing so you’ll gain more experience and you’ll just expect to win when you bluff it your way, here most beginners tend to loose because of the lack of experience in playing.
Using a semi-bluff is perfect in any situation. It’s a bet with a hand that’ll still need a help to become the best hand at the table. The common situation might be an open ended straight draw or four to a flush. With doing the semi – bluff, you can take power of the betting.
You could just not mind at all if everyone folded to this bet either way any time you can just take a pot when another player folds a better hand you are happy with the bluff.
One situation where you make a semi – bluff at a $1’$2 table, you probably don’t have the best hand since players at this kind of table rarely fold on an ace. Where in each you’re holding a ten and king of spades in your hand and the flop is ace of spades, eight of spades and ten of hearts. In case you’ll have 14 outs this will give you a good chance of drawing something useful.
Situation: You are in first position with five other players in hand. You hope to make everyone drop and take the pot right, but if someone calls your bet, you have a chance to really improve your hand. You have to bet approximately half of the size of the current pot in this case to take away the odds from the other players. This should be enough to scare anyone with an ace and a low kicker or a straight draw out of the pot.
However in the second scenario, you are the last position with two other players the first act to bet the minimum, $1. With a small bet like this you have to take control of your bluff to work. If you have the player who made the small bet is probably drawing as well and hoping that his will convince other players not to raise their bet. You might want to raise at least half of the current pot. You can make this by taking away the pot odds if your opponents are on a draw and take control of betting. On the other hand if you take your card, you can simply check and see the river, if you will get a spade,10 or king your opponents will not know how helpful the card was since you bet when you did not have it.