poker bluff raise

Bluffing and raising is the action that poker players anticipate and live for. It is the high that fuels the urge to play hands and get in on the action. It is a powerful stimulant so you must be cautious not to over indulge. There are raises when you want your opponent to call, and some raises when you want to get them off their hands. A raise forces your opponents to pay to see the flop turn and river. A raise can steal the pot. If you don't raise, the big blind gets to see the flop for free. This can sometimes have devastating consequences for you if you are slow playing a big pair. They can hit the flop hard and you end up losing when you could have picked up the blinds with a raise. A bluff can take many forms. There can be a bluff when you are holding nothing. Betting out with over cards or a draw is a semi bluff. It can turn into a made hand.  Both bluffing and raising are most effective when you have good position either on the button or the cutoff.. Whether or not your bluff is respected is directly proportional to the stakes of the game. If you are playing a nickel dime game, a bluff is meaningless. They will just call to see what you have. You must be playing at a stake that your opponents take seriously enough to where they will fold out of fear of losing money. This is where there is a big difference between limit and no limit games. In a no limit game, even if the stake is low, an all in bet will be taken seriously as it will require the player to buy back in. In a limit game on the other hand, the call to the river can do little damage if the stakes are low. 25c limit is a good game to start out with for beginners.