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It’s all about bluffing: Poker and other card games

2018-04-28 09:00:00

Why do we bluff?

The answer to this question may seem obvious. We try to extract money from our opponent, by pretending that we have bad cards. For a better word though, it’s more the creation of confusion that poker players aim at when bluffing. Rather than mere pretence, bluffing in card games involves assessing if your opponent has the required sensitivity to detect bluffing. Sometimes it involves pretending to bluff, even if your cards aren't top-notch. Card games are a war of information so to speak, and a good card player knows how to throw off his opponents.

The tactic of bluffing is of particular importance when players play for high sums. At a lower level, the concentration is mainly placed on cards. This, however, makes these games the ideal environment to practice your bluffing in card games.

With every increase in the pot, the importance of bluffing increases and your cards, no matter how strong, will not suffice to win the big money.

Furthermore, without bluffing, games such as poker would not have such a great appeal, for players and spectators alike. A player who bluffs risks, by default, to be caught out. This makes the game great fun.