Holdem FAQ: Semi-bluffing

1. What is a semi-bluff in texas holdem poker?
Semi-bluff is a bet with a hand which if called does not figure to be the best hand at the moment but has a good chance of outdrawing those hands that originally called it.

2. What are most obvious examples of semi-bluff situations?
You have flopped an inside straight draw or second or third pair with an over card kicker.

3. Give an example?
You have T9 against too many rivals and the flop come 762.

4. Why might you not want to semi-bluff in last position?
You might be check-raised.

5. Thus, what is the deciding factors about semi-bluffing when you are last?
The deciding factor would be how frequently you think you will be check-raised.

6. What else might your semi-bluff bet do for you in last position?
It might buy you a free card.

7. Give examples of correct semi-bluffing situations?
A four-flush or an open-end straight draw especially with a pair, with one card to come; a small pair with an over card kicker on the flop; and a small gut shot when the flop includes a high card.

8. What is the good rule to follow when deciding whether to semi-bluff?
If your hand is either worth a call or almost worth a call if you check, then it is better to bet if there is some chance that you can win the pot right there.

9. What is the second advantage of semi-bluff?
It is when you make your hand your rival will often misread it.

10. What is the third advantage of semi-bluffing?
It keeps your rival guessing.

11. What happens if you never bluff?
You are giving away too much information when you do bet.

12. What is the fourth advantage of semi-bluff?
You may get a free card on the later round of betting.

13. When is it correct to bet two over cards?
It is frequently correct especially if you have backdoor flush potential.

14. What is the exception?
You think there is a reasonable chance that if you chase your card, you still won't win.

15. When would you be less likely to bet two over cards?
It is likely to bet when a straight type flop hits, or a flop with two suited cards.

16. If you bet two over cards on the flop and are raised, should you call?
It all depends on whether you think you will be able to win if one of your over cards hits and on the pot odds that you are getting.

17. If small cards flop, why should you be inclined to call with KQ than with AK?
This is because many people play hands like Ax than Kx.

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