Float play is an advanced poker bluffing technique used in Texas Holdem poker. Float play involves calling another players bet during the flop and then betting when checked during the turn so you can win before seeing the the river.
This is an effective poker technique for advanced players since opponents expect them to do a continuation bet upon the flop regardless if their cards get better or not. Other players will most likely bet and hope that you did not get anything out of the flop. Calling this bet will actually set some alarm bells in your opponents heads since they might think that you are slowplaying good cards. Most players will then check upon the turn and then what you will do is make a big bet to win the pot.
The float play is an excellent protection if you feel like another player is making continuation bets. Remember though that it is not just for this.
If you want to make good use of the float play, you should remember two things. First, you must be taking action after your opponent. Second, this should be done during a heads up with an opponent.
Float plays are also possible even when you are not in position but this technique is too advanced and is not often recommended by the experts of the game. When you are in position, you can still spot for any weakness of the other player after. You are also able to carefully assess the situation and fold your hand if the opponent makes a strong bet on the turn or be strong to take the pot when they just check.
As much as possible, never do float play against multiple players. This is most effective when you are in position and during a heads up.
Six Types of Hands in No-Limit Holdem
When you are playing in Olympics, second place winner actually just wins a silver metal but when you are playing no-limit hold’em, the second place actually loses a heck of a lot of money. Many players who actually cross over from limit to no limit have a very hard time understanding that, but I have to say that you need to learn the rules a little bit before you switch.
When you are playing in no-limit hold’em, you need to make sure that you have the right hand and there are actually six different types of hands which are good. First, hands that have absolutely no value and you can not even beat a bluff. Second, hands that actually can beat a bluff – for example, a middle pair hand. Next, a top pair hand that is on par with a bluff,
Fourth, an overpair and fifth, strong hands which are not quite as nuts as most hands you will get in no-limit hold’em. Finally, nuts or near-nuts hands, which are completely off the wall.