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Poker Psychology

Just like every other game, poker follows some basic set of poker rules. Knowing the rules and using them to one's advantage during game play gives a player about a 50% advantage over his/her opponents, but that’s not factoring in players experience and skill level. Poker is different from other card games because it has several bluffing strategies that can be leveraged by players to deceive their opponents in order to win the game.

Research conducted over the past couple years indicates that bluffing can give a poker player about a 52-55% chance of winning over their opponent. Learning how to bluff correctly will increase a player’s chances of winning only by a few percentage points. Therefore it is hardly effective to become a better bluffer and more crucial to focus on playing better in order to achieve one's maximum chances of winning. What players should understand more importantly is the need to study the behavior and playing styles of their opponents.

The concept of bluffing can be easy to comprehend but more difficult to execute successfully in game play. It requires a lot of time to comprehend the correct mind process and timing to act out the bluff correctly so that it will not be detectable by other opponents. Players need to sometimes use these mind-game tricks and act as though they're on stage when bluffing; this is what makes bluffing tough to master. The harder part about bluffing is not only to read other players but to control oneself during the process. The bluffing trick should be learned by every poker player because it will help them uncover the actual intent of another bluffer and win the game.

Body Movements

This can either be a trickery strategy used by a player to act vulnerable or may be an indication of nervousness. If the person in question stops shaking his hands or jolting his legs, it could indicate that he wants to concentrate more on the game and to avoid creating attention. Players need to pay attention to such instances that opponents portray, intentionally or unintentionally.

Talking Or Keeping Quiet

An introverted type of poker player would prefer to keep quiet than to talk if an introvert suddenly starts talking in the game, it might imply that he/she is comfortable with the game. On the other poker hands, if an extroverted poker player suddenly keeps quiet in the game, it might indicate that he wants to ponder carefully on significant moves. Paying careful attention to the amount of talking by opponents will tell a player when they have strong hands and when they do not.

Breathing Rate

Experience shows that buffers would rather not create a scene or have their opponents take a stronger reading into their behavior. They would prefer not to be noticed, and therefore their breathing rate in the game will be very slow. On the other hand, if a poker player has a very high breathing rate, it is a huge indication of a stressed opponent who has a dramatic decision make.

Behavioral Patterns

Each poker player has a distinct behavioral pattern when they play that coincides with their individual personality. The behavioral pattern of a player will hardly change because their persona is difficult to change. Understanding people’s behavior can help players apply their bluffing skills with better execution. Player interaction and experience will allow a player to identify these behavior patterns overtime and develop a deeper understanding at how to bluff their opponents successfully.

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