Bluffing in poker is a must, but you also have to be quite frank with yourself. If you don’t see yourself plainly and know how others see you then for that matter you’ll never win, in poker or in life.
The trick to playing poker well is to mislead others into thinking the opposite of your actual position; so when you’re in a strong position you’d like the rest of the table to view you as fragile, and when you wobble you’d like to scare the table into feeling you’re holding the mortal nuts.
The trouble with playing poker is that one ends up too often deceiving oneself too. You can’t admit that a game is too rough for you, you’re one of the weakest players there and will eventually lose the match. You can’t admit you don’t play at your best and you should take a break. You are deceiving yourself into thinking that you are playing well, and that only bad luck stops you winning.
Each poker player has such moments, just like every poker player goes on tilt once in a while. The goal is to ensure that times are the exception, not the rule. As a professional poker player, whether in a land-based or online casino, you need to take a long look into the mirror every day and become your harshest critic. Recognize your shortcomings, play to your strengths and be frank with yourself as you pretend to the rest of the table like a poker-god.
Anyone can run a successful bluff, but only the true winners can withstand the temptation of bluffing.