Outlook: Advanced Concepts

This article explains a number of interesting concepts with which we are bound to be faced with at real money tables in the near future. Some of them may help you to win a few pots without having a premium hand.

Semi-bluffs/Bluffs 

Bluffing is the term most commonly associated with poker. It is of course an important concept, but one that shouldn't be applied too much. Beginners first need to learn how to play good hands correctly before attempting complicated bluffs. But a few ideas to this end are however described breifly at this point: 

  • If a players bets or raises despite knowing that he isn't holding the best hand at the moment, but he still has outs that could allow his hand to win, this is known as a semi-bluff.

There are two ways of winning with a semi-bluff: Either our opponents fold their (potentially better) hands or we hit one of our outs and win with the best hand.

Typical examples include a flush draw or an open-ended straight draw (OESD).

  • Let's look at an example:

 

We're playing at a No Limit Texas Hold'em $1/$2 table. We are in the big blind holding :8h:9h. Two players limp (i.e. they call instead of raising in order to see a cheap flop) and the small blind folds. We check. The pot is $7.

The flop comes :2h:3s:Qh.

We...