5 Ways to Become a Better Bluffer

The expression “fake it till you make it” has never been more true than at the poker table. Bluffing has become as much a part of the game as the actual cards are, and people are always looking for ways to improve their bluffing skills. If you’re looking to try your luck at the poker table soon, check out these tips on how to become an expert bluffer.

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The Telltale Signs of a Tell

Before you can fix something, you have to know what you’re looking for. So before you can become a successful bluffer, you need to know what your tell is. Play a friendly game of poker with family and ask them to give you hints about what you do when you have a good or bad hand.

Know Your Bluff

Is your hand decent, but not great? Then you’re probably going to want to do a semi bluff. This is when your hand is okay, but you are confident it will get better as the hand progresses. A whole bluff on the other hand is much more difficult. If you’re dealt a horrible hand right out of the gate, you’re best bet is probably to fold. But if you decide to stay in, you better be either very skilled at the game or very skilled at bluffing.

Timing is Everything

You shouldn’t be bluffing throughout the entire game, so when is the best time to bluff? The rule of thumb is never bluff if you’re the first one up to bet. Instead, hold off on bluffing until your position to bet is later — this will let you analyze other players bets and possible bluffs.

Learn Other People’s Tell

A game of poker can last a while, so don’t jump into bluffing right away. Spend the first few hands playing your cards straight and studying other’s body language. If you play with the same friends every week you’ve probably already learned most of their tricks, so to really test your skills, try out a new group or table at a casino.

Practice, Practice Practice

Bluffing is a skill that takes time and practice to master, so before you hit any Las Vegas, $100 table minimums, have a few friends over for poker night. You’ll have a great time getting together and have a chance to perfect your new skill.

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Win More Poker Hands With These 3 Tips

While it’s always fun, playing poker may not always be so rewarding. With so many intelligent minds at the table all vying for the same pot, it’s quite difficult to come away with a win each time. Lucky for you, we’ve got three great tips to help you win more, and lose less!

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  1. Bet strategic. Know that you don’t always have to play every hand, and be confident enough to decide when to hold’em and when to fold’em. Understand how your positioning at the table affects the cards you should and shouldn’t seek to play. Study up!
  2. Keep a straight face. Having a good poker face is imperative when it comes to playing the game well. One of the best ways to avoid giving away your hand to your opponents is by playing each hand the same. Keeping your bets consistent makes it more difficult for players to determine when your holding the winning hand, or when you’re bluffing.
  3. Be willing to adjust. No two opponents will ever play the same, therefore no two poker games will ever be identical. In order to win, you must be willing to deviate from your norm and adjust your tactics to match those of your opponents.

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Master the Art of Bluffing in Poker

It has often been said that the ability to bluff, and bluff well, is what sets a good poker player apart from a great one. Well, here at Casinos by M&M, we couldn’t agree more! Learning how to pull off a bluff in a game of poker can completely change your odds and help you win the pot — but only if it’s done right!

    1. Be selective. Playing every hand will tarnish your credibility as a bluffer! Instead, carefully select which hands you play and which you do not. That way, people will take you seriously when you bluff a good hand, thinking you must have something if you’re still in.

 

    1. Keep it small. Bluffing can backfire in a crowd. Try to stick to a strict “two players or less” rule whenever you decide to bluff. It’s more difficult to intimidate more than two players at a time.

 

    1. Stay away from newbies. Rookie poker players are unpredictable and will often call bets regardless of what their hand looks like. That means your bluffing skills might lose you a hand, no matter how good they might be.

 

    1. Consistency is key. A bluff works best when you’ve already been playing consistently. By then, other players will feel like they’re able to anticipate your next move, which makes blindsiding them with a good bluff easier.

 

  1. Limit your bluffs. Bluffing all the time is dangerous for many reasons. For one, the skills to pull off a good bluff come with time and experience, so bluffing often is a gamble. In addition, other players will pick up on your bluffs if you try to trick them frequently.

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Top 5 Poker Movies of All Time

Playing poker has become such a staple in the entertainment industry that it’s even made its way onto the big screen! Not only has the game been featured or mentioned in many movies, but there have been several films specifically centered around the poker and casino culture as a whole. With the holidays approaching, you may have some time to kick back, relax and revisit some of your favorite Netflix classics.

If you need help choosing a flick, look no further! We’ve searched high and low to bring you the top 5 poker movies of all time, and here they are:

5. The Grand – Get ready to laugh until it hurts with this 2007 improvisational comedy. Watch as some of your favorite comedic figures interact with some of the pros and in a completely unscripted poker tournament at the Golden Nugget.

4. The Cincinnati Kid – Everyone loves a good underdog story, and this 1965 classic certainly delivers.  Watch as an up-and-coming poker player goes up against a well-established professional. Can you guess how the tables will turn?

3. Maverick – This comedic western brings the talent of Mel Gibson, the grace of Jodie Foster and the 1950s television show which shares its name to life on the big screen. Watch as these established con artists try to trick their way through the poker system.

2. Rounders – Mike McDermott, played by Matt Damon, was a reformed and recovering gambler — but not for long! When he finds his long time friend caught up in a whirlwind of debt and loan shark dues his only option is to return to the high stakes poker tables!

1. Casino Royale – Who doesn’t enjoy a good old fashioned James Bond flick? We sure do, especially when it involves high stakes poker and deadly weapons. Talk about action!

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How to Be a Better Poker Player

Do you love playing poker, but wish you could win a bit more than you lose? Here are a few simple tips to help you improve your poker skills and take home the pot!

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Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to fold. Playing every hand isn’t always best. In fact, it’s a common misconception that the more hands you play the better your odds. This is false and in actuality, failing to fold on bad hands will actually decrease your odds and make you lose more.

Tip #2: Keep your composure. It’s easy to toss back a few too many while sitting around the table with some buddies for a poker night, or even whilst playing in a casino, but that extra beer or martini can cost you. Poker is a real “thinking game” which means your head must be clear at all times!

Tip #3: Hold the bluffs. While bluffing can be a very effective technique, it’s important to know when to bluff and when to fold. In order to successfully bluff, the situation must be perfect and you must be able to read your opponents perfectly.

Tip #4: Don’t let emotions get in the way. Playing poker when you’re mad, sad or in an overall bad mood can be detrimental to your money pile. Letting your emotions get the best of you can cause you to make bad or rash judgement calls.

Tip #5: Pay attention! Make sure you’re keeping track of the cards that have been dealt and the moves that your opponents are making. Even after you fold, it’s important to continue to pay attention in order to understand and read your opponents for upcoming hands.

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The 10 Poker Hands You Need to Know

One of the most difficult things to grasp as a new or novice poker player is that the opportunities to win and the winning hand combinations are seemingly endless. With so many rules and an overabundance of cards, every single hand is completely different than the last. Luckily, while the actual card ranks can vary, there are only ten basic poker hands that can be made:

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1. Royal Flush – If you’re holding an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 suited, you’re in luck! A royal flush is the best poker hand you can have, taking it’s “royal” name from the court cards that make up its majority.

2. Straight Flush – A step down from it’s royal superior, a straight flush includes any five cards, suited and in sequential order.

3. Four of a Kind – As its name suggests, this hand is made up of four cards of the same kind, one of each suit, and a fifth “kicker” card. Should two players have the same four of a kind, the player with the higher kicker wins the hand.

4. Full House – A mixture of three of a kind and a pair make up a full house. For example, having three aces and two kings would be considered “aces full of kings,” and is the highest full house hand possible.

5. Flush – Any five cards suited makes a flush, but while all five cards must share the same suit, they do not have to be in consecutive order. The highest card in the hand determines the flush’s rank.

6. Straight – The complete opposite of a flush, a straight must be consecutive but does not have to be suited. Again, the highest card in the straight determines the strength of the hand.

7. Three of a Kind – Similar to the higher ranking four of a kind hand, three of a kind consists of three cards of the same rank unsuited and any two others. The additional two cards do not have to be of equal rank or suit, but the higher they are the better.

8. Two Pair – If you’ve got two kings, two queens and a jack, that’s an example of a two pair. As long as you have two pairs of cards, each with matching rank, you’ve made the hand. The highest pair you’re holding will determine the strength of the hand.

9. One Pair – Just under the two pair is the one pair, consisting of only one pair of cards with matching rank and three additional cards. While this is usually not the winning hand, the higher the pair, the better!

10. High Card – When all else fails and your hand doesn’t fit any of the above requirements you’ve got a high card hand. If it comes down to it, the person with the highest ranking card wins the pot.

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Host a Poker Party for the 4th of July!

You only have about three weeks left to plan a flawless 4th of July party.. Are you panicking yet? Well don’t worry, because we’ve got the perfect idea. How about celebrating Independence Day with a good old American pastime this year? ..Poker!

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Here are some great tips to make your patriotic poker party a blast:

Decorate! A vibrant mix of stars, stripes and poker chips should do the trick. Get creative with your decor while merging the two themes into one. The most important thing to remember is to stick to a red, white and blue color palate. (These patriotic playing cards from Amazon.com would be a great party favor!)

Dress the part! Ask your guests to come in the patriotic casino garb of their choice. For example, the “big time high rollers” might opt to wear suits with American Flag ties. Encourage red, white and blue cocktail dresses for the ladies, and remember to pick up some traditional dealer visors so everyone can look the part.

Supply the games! What’s a poker party without some poker tables? Casinos by M&M supplies top quality, authentic poker tables for any occasion, equipped with the best pit bosses in the industry. Make sure to keep it interesting with several different poker variations for your guests to play. We can supply tables for Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Stud, 3 Card Poker and more!

BBQ it up! Did we even have to mention this one? Nothing says 4th of July quite as well as burgers grilling on the barbecue. Stick to tradition with conventional barbecue food, but be sure to toss in a signature drink in the spirit of casino gameplay. Need some beverage inspiration? Click here for a quick and easy holiday themed cocktail from famous chef Guy Fieri!

Follow these simple steps and your 4th of July party will be one for the books!

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