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Mind Over Poker - A Matter of Tolerance

by David Apostolico |  Published: Nov 26, 2010


I received an e-mail recently from a reader asking if I could provide him with any tips for bluffing. By way of background, he stated that he was having a hard time pulling off bluffs. That was the extent of the e-mail — two sentences. Of course, it was virtually impossible for me to offer any specific advice with so little to go on. Poker is an extremely situational and nuanced game. Bluffing is just one aspect of the game, and it’s not nearly as big a part of the game as novices believe it to be. Inexperienced players are often overly cynical and call too often, not believing that their opponents have the goods. When it comes time to bluff, those same inexperienced players will pick an extremely obvious time or provide such a glaring tell that they might as well just throw in a chip that says, “I’m ...

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