This article is strictly referring to online poker games. It has nothing to do with reading the players. You can read here about some moments in the game when it is likely for others to bluff.
1. When they are still betting after a bad flop
Watch other player. Let’s say they already did bet pre-flop and their position was not that good. Now the flop is on the table and it is poor, so you have to think they could be bluffing. So raising the bet, or re-raising it might make them think about it, because they probably stand zero chances with the drawings and they might fold.
2. The odds are with them
For example, when everyone folds. And especially when the pot is quite big, like a drawing missed and maybe even you are thinking of bluffing. Then, you should naturally think that they could also be bluffing. So call or raise, whatever you want, just don’t throw away such a big pot.
3. When there’s only the two of you.
It’s considered the easiest bluff. They will think that if they got that far, they might as well get on with it. But don’t be fooled and if you have a good hand go on and play it.
4. When the flop has no more draws.
From time to time players will bet here to get rid of the capability to obtain a draw, now and again since they really have got good cards. They can bluff or not, you must know the ones you are playing with.
5. When they bet and then checked.
When a draw just occurred, and it was not satisfactory, they are almost certainly just trying to go on without having much. Bet alongside them.
6. When they bet firstly, then for the second time and finally on the river they checked.
It is the same situation just with two bets instead of one.
7. If when betting they are expressing their pity for your money
They are just trying to intimidate you. Nobody wants to win less at poker. If they really had a hand, they would have let you go along so they could win more.
To spot more bluffing situations, just analyze the ones that you are ready to bluff in. Keep in mind that if you are willing to do it, others might do also. At the same time, try and get to know each player’s style before trying to spot when they are bluffing. It is important to know your opponents and it will help you have more accurate prediction about the games you are playing.