Texas Hold’Em Bluffing Strategies: Instilling Fear

© 2006 Lisa Gonzalez

One of the most highly regarded skills appreciated and sought after is the skill of the bluff; nothing is quite as powerful as instilling fear into the opponents at the poker table. The pros have proven the invaluable rewards at hundreds of thousands Texas Hold’Em games, but it’s time for you to learn the skills needed to bluff even the best!


Some call it the calm before the storm and in a way that’s what it is. An ambitious player that has mastered the skill of bluffing remains calm, never getting too excited when a good hand comes his or her way and never showing anxiety when the cards aren’t in his or her favor.

The Face

The pros have said it over and over again, a picture may be worth a thousand words but an expression tells the whole story! At the table you may not realize the expressions you throw out on the table amidst all the action and if you haven’t gotten a good poker face down to an art … it could prove to be a costly hazard.

A good poker player can read the cards straight off a person’s face and that’s why it’s so important to practice, believe it or not, a good poker face.

Body Language

Twitching, shifting from side to side or maybe a subtle tap on the table with a finger can either work to your advantage or disadvantage. The object is to remain as still as possible or devise a plan of movements that make it impossible for an opponent to read your moves and just as easy as it is for a skilled player to read your face … they can read your body language too.

Playing with Conviction

While there may be many ways to intimidate players with your facial expressions, lack of emotion and body language, the most intimidating action is playing with brute conviction. This means getting down to business, knowing when to hold ‘em and knowing when to fold ‘em!

Nail opponents early on but be careful not to make it a habit.

Consistently hammering opponents at every chance given isn’t a good habit to start. This gives the opponents the option to read you, thus hurting your chances, because when a player feels that another has ‘the hand’, they’ll fold. These tactics can leave you with less than desirable pots to reap.

Texas Hold’Em has become an extremely popular poker game that’s played everywhere and if you want to be successful with it, you have to learn to play with the big dogs because they’re lurking everywhere and chances are … they know how to bluff.

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