Poker Face By Amberly Ashton Poker is not just a card game. It takes a certain acting ability as well. This ability is called bluffing. Bluffing is when you mislead or deceive someone. The goal of bluffing is to intimidate others by a false display of confidence. When a player bluffs on a loosing hand they will bet higher than normal. When the bluffer is dealt a hand that no one can beat he will downplay it and make smaller bets. He does this to entice the other players to stay in the game which builds the pot up. Bluffing takes practice and to be good at it you have to be aware of your own body language at all times. All of this may sound fairly simple but you have to study your opponents and know when they are bluffing as well. Bluffing is an art form. You can either do it or you can't. You have to be able to control your body movements, gestures, facial expressions and even how you speak. Remember all eyes are on you at all times of the game. They are watching how you raise, check, look at your cards and for how long, how you stack your chips and even how you push your bet to the pot. But keep in mind you have to be able to follow their every move as well. This is really a game changer and now it isn't just about the cards anymore. It becomes a complicated mind game. One small mistake can deplete your bankroll in a matter of minutes. Mastering this is the difference between being a successful poker player and a mediocre player. Bluffing will determine the winning player over 50% of the time. Notice I didn't say the winning hand because the cards had nothing to do with the outcome. You're only goal when bluffing is to get your opponent to fold but only after he has fed the pot to a sizable amount. Bottom line is you have to be sensitive to your surroundings and be able to read people but not allow them to read you. This skill won't happen over night but after much practice you just might be able to pull it off. It's funny that when bluffing at poker it's the only game where a loser can come out as the winner!