Bluffing or… not bluffing?



When we bluff, we wonder from time to time if our claim to success is too great? Shouldn’t we put our bluff aside? Or should we give it up altogether – until a really good figure comes along? These reflections have an unusual effect. At this point, we freeze without daring to make a bet. And often we miss our chance to win. What happens in this case? We get a decent piece, we count on it, but we hesitate to bet. And we miss this opportunity, missing out on the victory itself.

This case shows that faith in our strength has given us a crack. That we are not very confident in our victory. And that we should play more carefully – if we want to save our money. Bluffing is the pinnacle of the poker game. It’s the highest peak. A time when the desire to win faces the desire not to lose. Doubts are a bad thing in this case. But they have a right to be. It’s about money, and not just ours. That’s why they can be treated differently.

If there’s no certainty of bluffing, it’s best not to bluff. Make a bet and wait for its repayment. That’s all there is to it. If it’s extinguished and asked for more – to put out “more” with your bet and not to raise it. Let the one with the best piece in the hand win. Let him win, especially if you’re not sure of your piece. That’s what you think about bluffing. It becomes significant only when a piece in your opponent’s hand allows you to play with it and raise it. If this does not happen, the bluff turns into just another bet. And dies quietly. But only to reappear in the next stage of the game.

Playing with a bluff is playing with luck. Trying to increase your bluff to the maximum – to dramatically increase the chances of your winning or… losing. It is clear that out of two contenders for the game one will win, but the other will inevitably lose.

The bluff has its own story. It becomes pride – if it goes well and unexpectedly for everyone. You ask for a certain amount and your opponent supports it. Then the bluff increases over and over again – until it turns into a legendary sum that has no analogs. And when that bluff comes to you, you’re ready to tell it to anyone and as much as you want. This bluff becomes your reward for your hard work. It’s your credit. And if you want, even a fetish. A bluff can be legendary even if it’s not for you, but for your opponent. It just turns out to be very beautiful. And that’s why he has to become legendary. But it’s not your bluff anymore. It’s your lucky opponent’s bluff.

Game Psychology

We come to the gaming rooms and start the game… What’s so extraordinary about that? All we do is play, right? I mean, we bet money, take some risks and win. Or we lose – it all depends on luck. And it depends on a number of other factors. I’m curious, what makes us risk? And what kind of phenomenon motivates us to play?

Why does one risk seem noble and the other too inappropriate or even outrageous? How do we figure it out? Simply put, we need to understand which risk is considered normal for us and which is unacceptable? And what is that, a risk? In our case, the risk is a game of money, which can result in their loss or additional money earned. Without risk, there is no winning. But there are different categories of risk.

There are small risks – when we risk a part of our fortune. And there are risks beyond that – when too much money goes into the game. Or almost all the money that we have. To risk a small part of the money to win is a risk that we justify by not losing everything if we fail.