Bluffing in Poker
Poker is a card game that’s enjoyed around the world. There are hundreds of variations, but a few basic rules apply to most.
A player begins the hand by placing an initial amount of chips, called an ante, into the pot. The player then sees his or her cards and bets accordingly.
The dealer deals the cards clockwise, one at a time. During each betting interval, players must say “call,” meaning they put the same number of chips into the pot; or raise, which means they put in more than the previous caller; or fold (called “dropping”), which means they put no chips into the pot, discard their hand, and are out of the betting until the next deal.
Bluffing is an important skill in poker. It allows players to keep the value of their hands secret and avoid being over-bet.
Players often use bluffing to win large amounts of money. They also use it to avoid losing money with weak hands or maximizing their winnings with strong ones.
Behavioral clues to a bluff include shallow breathing, sighing, flaring nostrils, flushed red or watery eyes, and shaking the hand. Usually these signals reveal a player’s nerves or anxiety, and indicate that the player is trying to win the pot.
Players can also give hints about their intentions by staring at their chips when the flop comes around. This is called a “poker face.” The expression can be used to convey confidence or fear, and is often seen in mediocre players who are trying to impress their opponents.