Poker is definitely a game of odds, but bluffing can help to give you an increase in your chances if you do it right. For example, say that there are two aces out on the table, and it is just you and one other person left. If one of you had an ace in the hole, then it would be your game. Odds are the same for both you and your opponent, so obviously, you are both wondering if the other has the ace. Making your opponent think you have the ace by acting confident and also by strengthening the act with strong bets may make them believe that you do and you may bluff them into folding.
There are different types of bluffing though, and there are certain situations for all of them. The example above is called bluffing. When you bluff, you try to make the other players believe that you have a better hand then you do.
The next type of bluff that you should know is the semi-bluff. When you semi-bluff, it means that you are working on a hand that may be good, but that you are playing like you already have it. For example, there are two spades on the table, and two in your hand. There is good chance that you will get another spade on the final card, but you may bluff anyway. If you don’t get it, then perhaps your opponents will think that you already have something great. If you do get it, then you just have a strong hand to back it up!
Another type of bluffing is called slow playing. When you slow play, you actually get a fantastic hand coming out of the gate, but you lay low so that people are not scared off. This way, more people will stay in, and in theory, there will be more money in the pot at the end of the game.