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During a recent poker game, I took a pretty large pot with a 7 of hearts and 2 of clubs. A novice player, who was watching the action, asked me a frequently asked question in poker. He wanted to know  “when is it a good time to bluff?” I gave him a couple of tips and after thanking me and patting me on the back for taking that hefty pot with just a 7 and 2 off suit, he left. 

I thought about his question and decided that although bluffing has been a topic in many “How To Play Poker” books and I had written about it and talked about it many times, I would revisit the topic once again. 

Best times to bluff:

  1. Bluff if you only have one other player still at the table.
  2. Hit it hard if the board cards or  the cards you have showing allow you to represent a winning hand.
  3. When your image at the table is that you are a very strong player.
  4. If you are in late position and no one has represented any kind of strong hand.
  5. If you can read your opponents and you really believe that they will fold to your bet or raise.

But you have to tread carefully through the bluffing canyons or you could slip and fall pretty heavily. You really need to try to read your opponents and especially pick up on how they played any of their winning hands.
There are very definite times when you should not bluff:

Worst times to bluff:

  1. If you know of any player still in the hand who will always call even when he has nothing. When you meet a player like this it’s best to let him or her shoot themselves in the foot!
  2. If one of the players has raked in a huge pile of poker chips and he can easily cover your bet or raise without much damage to him. Stay away; play it safe!
  3. If there are still  a lot of players at the table. Don’t do it!

Texas Poker Store Custom ChipsJust remember these simple do’s and don’ts and be a winner! And while you are wondering about bluffing, remember that we co-wrote the song “I May Be Bluffin’ “. Here it is for your enjoyment:

 

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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

Every so often we get asked a “poker history” question which we try to answer in our blog. We figure if one poker fan wants to know about something poker-related, then probably a lot more of you would like to know too. Questions about poker chips come up a lot, so once again we are revisiting a blog that we published a couple of times in the past.

If you google “The History of poker chips” you will find enough results to satisfy your desire to learn all about the “poker chips” we have been playing with since the early 1800s. There’s nothing new that I can tell you that hasn’t already been said. Maybe future technology will come up with some mind-blowingly different way to go “all in,” but for right now it is still pretty much the same as it always was, and using poker chips is still the most accurate and fun way to play the game.

Texas Poker Store Custom ChipsAt least for now, the biggest question still out there is; what exactly is a “Casino Quality Poker Chip”? Ever since poker’s current popularity, almost anyone you ask and certainly most players believe that a real casino quality chip is 11.5 grams and made out of clay. Not so fast.

Today, a standard casino chip is 39 millimeters in diameter with a weight ranging from 8.5 grams to 10.5 grams…not 11.5! Clay composition chips are very popular with casinos and the general poker-playing public. The vast majority of “Casino Quality Poker Chips” are “clay” chips that in reality are better described as compression molded chips.

However, ceramic chips were introduced sometime in the 80s as an alternative to clay chips and are also currently used by casinos worldwide.These ceramic chips are actually injection-molded chips made with a special plastic or resin formula that approximates the feel and sound of ceramic or porcelain.

Las Vegas 14 Gram Poker ChipsGoing against most players way of thinking, I’m here to tell you that no poker chip, or any kind of casino gaming chip,  going back all the way to the 80s, 70s, 60s and maybe even before that, has been made out of 100% clay. As far as I know that’s the real story. Check out this set of 300 Las Vegas chips, ideal for bringing the casino feel to your next home game. Each chip is made of clay composite materials and weighs 14 grams. The chips are housed in a walnut case. 

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Are you still crying over the last bad beat that took your stack? Maybe watching this video of the top five worst poker bad beats will make you feel a little bit better to know that you’re not alone. Bad beats happen to the best poker players around.

From Chris Moneymaker vs Jason Mercier; Mikel Habb vs Samantha Abernathy; Vannessa Selbst vs Dan Shak; Olivier Busquet vs. Sven Reichardt; and last, but by no means least, there’s the infamous time when Phil Hellmuth got three bad beats in one hand from Ernest Wiggins when, at Hellmuth’s request, they ran the turn and the river four times and Wiggins got unbelievably lucky and handed Hellmuth the bad beat with a full house of kings over nines.

So, at the end of the day, if you have suffered any bad beats, take heart and know that you are not alone in your misery.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
Bluffing is, without a doubt, a fine art when it comes to poker and especially when it comes to Texas Hold ’em. You must have courage, nerves of steel, or to quote our Jewish friends, a lot of chutzpah. But that’s not all, you also need the talent to be able to know when to bluff, when to represent that you have a winner when you may have nothing, and the ability to keep your tells completely under control. That may mean you purposely act one way or another to mislead your opponents or you keep a completely frozen face that tells no one anything.

Next time you sit down at a Texas holdem poker table will you have what it takes to bluff? Will you be able to not give away your tells? Can you hold a straight face long enough for your opponents to never know if you may be bluffing? If you’re ready to win and you’re ready for fun then watch the video below and listen to the song we wrote and produced to get our point across that we “May Be Bluffin’ But You’ll Never know.”

Let me know what you think. Leave us your comments here.