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Poker’s Semi-Bluffing Explained

Semi-bluffing is generally when the cards you are dealt are considered not really good but after the flop, you end up having a drawing hand.  A drawing hand such as 4 cards to a straight or a flush.  If the rest of the players don’t have a hand, this may be enough for you to win the pot.  But if one of your opponents have something, then semi-bluffing is a form of attack.  Semi-bluffing is a powerful tool and if used correctly, it will bring in a lot of pots.  If used to often it can make you lose a lot of money, so use it wisely.

When To Semi-Bluff

You should semi-bluff different players, try not to create a pattern where other players could use it to their advantage.  It’s ideal to semi-bluff when you are in a late position and your opponents are inexperienced or poor players.  When you can show your opponents a story with what is shown and your betting, it’s very hard to dismiss.

Example: You have a Qs10s in the cut-off with a middle position raise and a total of 5 players call pre-flop.  The flop is Jh9s5d, you now have an open-end straight draw with the pre-flop raiser betting before you.  You decide to semi-bluff and reraise, giving the impression of a set or a pair with no flush draw on the flop.  It’s folded around to the original better and he calls.  The turn is an As which doesn’t improve your hand but gives you more outs.  With 15 outs and position, you are in an ideal situation for the river.  Whether you hit the river or not, you have already given the impression of a strong hand and it would be very hard for your opponent to call your bet after the river.

Your body language, the show of confidence or lack of confidence should be used. Just remember you are creating a story that makes your opponent doubt they have the winning hand which in the end is having them to fold.

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