Tip of the Month – August 2012

The Semi-Bluff

You are playing Texas Hold’em and the flop gives you a flush draw.  It’s likely that you have almost a 50 percent chance to hit a winning hand.  If you check, you are giving up a chance to take down the pot “using a bet.”  This is where you will see a lot of players make a semi-bluff.  That is a pot-size bet that’s intended to get low to medium pairs to fold giving you the pot.  But if they stay, you still have a chance to win on the turn and the river by hitting your flush. The semi-bluff is a good way to bluff and feel good about it, even if it doesn’t work.  If the bluff fails you still have a good chance of drawing the best hand.  Bluff with confidence…

Paul Smith
Poker Night in America

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