Artificial Techniques
There are two basic kinds of techniques to induce and stop bluffs - strategic techniques and artificial techniques. Artificial techniques are easier to understand. They can be used only against average to slightly-above-average poker players, for they rarely work against tough opponents, who are likely to see through them fast.

An obvious play to stop a bluff is to reach for your chips as though you're anxious to call. If your opponent still comes out betting, fully expecting you to call, you throw away your hand. Of course, you have to use this play against the right poker player. An experienced poker player who sees you reaching for chips and suspects what you are up to is all the more likely to come out bluffing, fully expecting you to fold.

A ploy to induce a bluff is to give the impression you intend to fold your hand. Now if your opponent bets, you call. But once again an experienced player who sees through the ploy might not bet without a good hand; realizing a bluff won't work, that poker player saves money when he or she has nothing.

There are several other artificial ploys - feigning disinterest in the hand to induce a bluff, feigning tremendous interest to stop a bluff - but they will not succeed often against top players. Against such poker players you must use strategic tactics.
 
Reading Hands in Low-Limit Games
 
A lot of people seem to think that you can't read hands in low-limit games. This line of thinking comes from the idea that low-limit players don't know whether they have a good hand or not, so they can't telegraph their hand strength. Of course, this is nonsense. Many low-limit poker players are pretty good players. Of course, every once in a while you'll run across a player who doesn't have a clue, but that's not the norm.

If you find yourself unable to read hands at all in a typical low-limit game, look to yourself for the reason, not the other players. It can get tough if you have a player who calls all bets 100 percent of the time and never raises. Or one who always raises/reraises and never calls. But you don't really run into such extremes often. When you do, it really doesn't matter that you can't read them. They're going to lose all their money anyway.

But if a player plays every hand and sometimes he raises and sometimes he doesn't, then probably there is some kind of pattern to when he raises and when he doesn't. Maybe its not easy to discern, but its there.
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