How to successfully lead a semi-bluff in Texas Hold’em

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A game of Texas Hold’em Poker might have the same structure in every hand; however, there are certain moves you can pull off that can make the difference between winning and winning big. One of those moves is the semi-bluff, which, if used correctly, can change significantly how much money you can make from a hand. Instead of putting all odds on the cards coming out, a semi-bluff can help you take control of the hand and take down the pot, even if you don’t have a killer hand after the river and the turn.

Just as the term describes it, semi-bluffing is nothing more than betting or raising with a draw. The reason why it is not considered a full bluff is that the hands still has good potential to improve on the river. Choosing to bet or raise with a draw will open two different possibilities: You can hit your draw to make the best hand or make the opponents fold and win the pot.

As with every strategy to be used in a poker hand, there are different factors to be considered. For semi-bluffing, you must be sure about three things: when, where and why. To define when, as in most poker hands, the best time would be when you are in position. It really only works when your opponent has a high probability of folding; therefore, fold equity must be considered. Since this bluff variant can be used in virtually any hand, make sure that there is a draw or multiple possibilities to build a decent hand.

There is a good reason to choose semi-bluffing when the time is right. It combines the equity in your draws and the fold equity gained by the times your opponent folds, and you take the pot without a battle. Another side benefit is that is balances your betting ranges.

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