# How to Catch a Bluff in Online Poker?

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November 7th, 2019 15:39

How to Play Bluff

Bluffing plays an important part in the game of poker which can prove rewarding if you execute it properly. It proves profitable in low stakes online poker games where you can find more of loose-aggressive opponents. To catch a bluff, a player needs to make a call with a weaker hand to value bet and can only win if his opponent is bluffing. However, deciding when to bluff and when not to, is no easy task. Following are the ‘odds and ends’ that can help you decide whether to call or fold when your opponent could be bluffing.

Value on Getting a Call

While bluffing in poker, you should first and foremost think about the value when making a call. The pot odds that are offered will help you in determining how many times you need to win the hand in order for your call to be productive. Here is how you can calculate it: seize the amount you need to call and divide that by the total pot after calling. For instance, the money in the pot is 300, and your opponent bets 150. To calculate the odds : 150 / (150+150+300) which is 0.25, in other words, the minimum percentage of times you need to win is 0.25*100 = 25%. If your best hand – say a pair of 9s – is more than 25% of the time, then you can make a profitable call.