Keeping a Poker Face for Success

The game of poker consists of skill, a touch of luck and misinterpretation. Misinterpretation is obviously the most overlooked aspect of poker, especially for a newbie. This applies, by the way, to live poker games only. Online poker is far too different in terms of face-to-face interaction with opponents.

There is no doubt that skill is an important aspect in order to win at poker. However, skill should involve the art of deceiving one's opponents through facial expressions and gestures. A player can easily see his opponents' faces since the game is played on a circular table, which is already an advantage to an experienced player.

In poker, there are four options when a player is faced with a good hand; he can bet/call, check, raise or fold. When luck is shying away and leaving the player with a bad hand, his first option would be to fold. This isn't the best choice since there is always a way to get a chance on the pot. The way to do it is to bluff the other players. Bluffing is an art of misrepresenting or misguiding.

For an experienced bluffer, if he has a good hand at the start of the game, he should act or express a positive gesture. Of course his opponents will assume right away that he has good cards and they will know what to do in order to beat him. However, the bluffing player knows that acting positively even with bad hands will lead his opponents into thinking that he has a good hand every time; thus, the possibility of the opponents to fold. From here, the bluffing player can take the lead at the game and go for the pot.

Strategically speaking, the art of bluffing is more than just acting the positive. A player can create a complex pattern of positive and negative expressions or gestures to mislead his opponents. He should create certain actions or expressions for specific hands. In successful bluffing, the opponents will keep up with a player's bluff, trying to match the pattern that he created. The bluffing player can take control of the game if his pattern is a success.

Every player should create his own poker face. There are no rules on bluffing since each player has his own unique strategy. The important aspect of bluffing is misleading the opponent through body language and facial expression.

For a newbie who wants to win, bluffing is one good strategy. His opponents will surely underestimate him, and that's the key to win. Act like a newbie, but play like a pro; that's one true concept of being a poker face.