Players who are skilled will also find out from their opponents

It takes a lifetime to master the technique of Poker, Bluffing: Whether you call it an art or a science, knowing when and how to bluff works requires considerable skill. And, for encouragement, we plan to attend columnist George Epstein at the Freda Mohr Senior Center when he discusses his book. Bluffs will get the chips for you if you can break even by 30-40 percent. (I won about 80 percent of my bluff.)

Using Outs to Get the Edge; Basic Math of Poker: Post flop, mostly hand drawing; they have to raise to win the pot. It takes a little skill to estimate your exit – how many invisible cards will get you. A bit more skill is required to use the 4-2 Rule to convert these numbers into your card odds – odds against your hand making. Compare this to pot odds – the approximate number of chips in the pot vs your cost of looking at the next card anyway. Then, if the pot odds are higher than the card odds, you have a positive expectation – a winner in the long run.

Tells and “Reading” Your Opponents: A truly skilled player will also find out from his opponents. (Could be valuable.) It takes skill to observe and interpret your opponent’s lecture. (How many took the time or effort to do so?)

Along the way, it is wise to read on your opponent’s hand. What is their most likely hand – their distance? Once you’ve acquired those skills, it takes even more skill to decide how to play your hand – whether to bet, call the opponent’s bet, raise, or fold?

Another skill is playing pocket pairs. That’s a topic George will discuss in one of his columns.