The semi-bluff: What is it?

There are several techniques to bluff like the classic bluff, the floating bluff or the semi-bluff as we will see in this article.

The art of bluffing … half

First of all, what is the difference between bluffing and semi bluffing?

Unlike the classic bluff where you play without chances of draws, the semi bluff is used when there is nothing or little game but good draw possibilities.

This is the case when you have a small pair, or even a middle pair in hand.

It often happens that a semi bluff turns into a sequel or color or straight, the goal being to play on the draw, to bet slightly to increase the size of the pot and see how your opponents react.

The main advantage of semi bluffing is that your probabilities are much better to win even if your bluff does not work. The best for this type of shot is to be in the last positions.

For example, suppose you have a Jd 10d.
The flop gives you 8d Kc Qd so you enter straight and color draw.
Here, you can put yourself in semi bluff position because you only need one tile or a 9 or AS, to have a very advantageous hand.

Another example, you have a pair of 3h 3s in hand.
You are only two in the game on the flop without any preflop raise.
The flop is chaotic, 4d 7h 10c.
The opponent checks or raises timidly, you can put yourself in a semi bluff position.

As often in this type of stroke, the first who assaulted may win!