In Texas Hold’em poker inducing a bluff means to manipulate your opponents into betting a hand that originally he had not intention of betting. Basically you check your almost sure winning hand with the idea to induce one of your opponents after you to bluff, and then calling or raising to get a bigger pot. The skill to induce a bluff is not that easy to acquire and is a characteristic of an expert player. It is a tactic similar but at the same time different from slow-play. The slow-play usually takes advantage of a good hand of your opponent to defeat him with an even stronger hand played passively since the beginning.
The induced bluff is used mainly on the river or in heads-up situations, but it can be profitable also in other phases of the game … the flop, the turn or in multi-way pots having several active players. The main advantageous points to consider for adopting this technique are the following:
particularly impatient or aggressive or ’tilting’ players, your position worse than that of the potential bluffer … and a big pot of course. None bluffs or should bluff for a few cents. The induced bet should be used when we think that we have the best hand on the river and our value bet would have just a few possibilities to see a call.
Let’s consider for example a limit game where your hole cards are KK or AA, you raise in last position before the flop and one of your opponent calls. The flop is dealt, you bet and your opponent calls you again. On the turn the right thing to do at this point is often to check. On one side it may save you money if your opponent composed a really strong hand, on the other it may induce your opponent to bluff on the river, giving you one more bet as a gift.