The Art of Bluffing…Do You Have What It Takes?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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 abilityto 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.

I’ve been watching Tom “Durrr” Dwan for a long time and I would certainly put him up as one of the greatest bluffers of all time . . . and a master at face freezing. I have seen him take down player after player just as he takes everyone down on this video from “High Stakes Poker”, with nothing in his hand and that “deer in the headlights” frozen stare of his.

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?

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