Poker is a game of cards and bluffing is the only key to win the game. There are people who have created history and are known for their expertise. You must be thinking, who are the best bluff players worldwide? Here is a list of top online poker, and regular tournament poker players:
1. Phil Ivey lives in Las Vegas and has occupied the 1st position for 22 times in the poker tournaments. He has participated eight times in the world series of poker bracelets and has been nicknamed as The Tiger Woods of Poker.
2. Erik Seidel has won twenty three poker tournaments and has taken part in eight World Series. He also lives in Las Vegas and is popular as Seiborg. The recent game played by him with high prize money was in the year 2012 where he stood in the sixth position.
3. Sam Trickett, nicknamed as Tricky lives in Nottingham, UK. He loves to play No Limit Hold’em and has participated three times in the World Series. He has bagged the 1st position eight times in the poker tournament.
4. Phil Hellmuth is known as The Poker Brat among his fans. He lives in California and has grabbed 1st position in twenty three tournaments. He is also a three time winner of World Series of poker bracelets. 5. Michael Mizrachi is winner of eighteen poker tournaments. He is from Florida and has participated in two World Series of poker bracelets.
Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Jamie Gold, and Joe Hachem are among the other great poker players.
All these players could only achieve this position because they know all the tricks of bluffing. You can also be an expert in the game. Here are some tips which will help you become a professional bluff player:
- Know the rules of the game. You can buy books or read online guide for information.
- Practice is the key to success. Start off with free games. You can play with your mates and learn the tricks of bluffing. Later you can play with small amount of money so that if you even lose the game, huge amount of money is not lost.
- Learn to bluff correctly this will help you achieve advantage over other players.
- Play only if you enjoy the game.
- Do not continue the game if you feel bore or unmotivated.
1. Reading skill is very important and not very easy. You can only develop this with experience and lot of patience. Everyone does not have the expertise to read the game. If all the players were expert in the field then winning the game would have become a lot tougher. To develop the art you must concentrate in the game even if you are not actively involved.
2. You must be able to watch the game and analyze the best possible hand by reading the board. This will help if you know how your hand stands when compared to the others. If you do not know what card will be used on the board then guess and figure out what the opponent player is holding.
3. Watch all the moves that your opponent player is playing and then do a back count to guess his next step.
4. Find answers to questions like, how many hands the opponent is playing, what cards they showed at the end, in what position did he hold the cards before showing, what was his action before the flop etc. If your opponent is aggressively playing then most likely he has a very good hand. Make sure to watch this and keep a note. Also see if he/she is playing aggressively or looking at the cards before calling. If he is looking at the card and thinking then there is a high chance that his cards are not strong.
5. Some players love to bluff thus they keep doing it while playing. Some wait for the correct moment and then bluff in order to win. Patiently watch the player playing and this will surely improve your skill of reading players.
1. Do not bluff when the group is quite big. Bluffing is mostly easy and successful when there are only one or two people playing against you.
2. If you have very good cards in your hand and there is a chance of winning the bluff and to get caught by the opponent. If your opponent feels that you are bluffing then he/she might call out and you will win because of the strong cards in your hand.
3. While playing when you see that a player is calling frequently, then make sure not to bluff at the moment. Find top pair and only play hand for value in such a situation.
4. Try to avoid bluffing when your opponent is an expert or a layman. Experts may quickly predict your bluff whereas a new comer will keep calling.
5. Avoid bluffing if your cards are not good. In this kind of a situation another thing you can do is take refuge of semi bluff. When you do this the opponent will be forced to fold his card and you can draw one from the table which might make your hand strong.
6. Your face is going to be the mirror of your reaction, so when you bluff be sure not to change your expression. If you start playing a conservative game your opponent might think that you have a strong hand.
7. You must only bluff when you are pretty sure that your opponent has nothing. You can sometimes show your hand so that your opponent player takes you for granted. When showing hand make sure to unfold your medium strong cards and not the weak or strong ones.
8. If you have nothing in your hand, then you can bluff to cheat but if you have a strong hand make sure to save it in order to win.
There is no strict rule of bluffing and you can sharpen your skill with practice!