Today’s people (most of them) misunderstand poker. That is because most of them play poker with their families and friends. In this home games luck frequently plays a larger role than skills.
In this games every one at the table is playing almost every hand to the end, and often in this games is not much as a strategy involved or thought.
In a professional game of poker you need to be calm, patient and you need to think and watch. You certainly can not win a pro poker game if you play too many hands, not in a long run, no matter how much luck you have got. That is why patience is the key.
On the other site in a home game poker the patience is not so important because this is played just for fun and gamble!
In the pro games the position that you are in, is most important for your strategy. Your position will change every hand as the button is moved.
Bluffing is the most famous thing in poker. Bluff is a call or raise when you have week hand and small chance to win the pot. Bluff is no cheating in poker . The bluffs are successful only against a small numbers of opponents (one or two, some times three or four).
Generally it is easier to bluff against stronger players than weaker players. The stronger players are able of folding mediocre hands, but the weak players call very often with weak hands.
You should know that the larger the pot is the harder to bluff is because your opponents will most likely call with a weak hand, but on the other hand if your bluff is successful you will win big money.
When you have a tight table the your bluff have a higher chance to success since your opponents will tend to back off when you call. But if you have a loose table, the chance is bigger for your opponents to call you with weak hands.
If you were caught with your bluff you will make it difficult to bluff successfully for the next time.
You should be always watching for your opponents gestures. This way it is easier to identify their opportunities to bluff.
Bluffs are especially effective when a scare card appears. This is a card (such as ace or another strong card) that could be a threat for your opponents.
For example if an ace appears on the turn, and than you will bet or raise. In this case your opponents will think that you hold an ace in your hand. This bluff works especially good if you raised preflop.
Some times you can use your position to identify a bluffing opponent such as if every one has checked a good bluffing opportunity is to bet in the last position.