A semi bluff is a bet where you do not have the best hand at the time, but where your hand still has a chance to become the best. You combine the best of 2 worlds. Because of your bet, your opponent can already fold and you don’t have to show your hand. If your opponent calls, you can still make the winning hand and still win the pot.
An example of a semi bluff is betting or rising on the turn when you have a flush draw. In fact you don’t have anything yet, but you can make a flush if the right card is placed on the river. So you can win the pot in 2 ways: your opponent folds or you still make the winning hand. An additional advantage is that if you fall flush on the river, your hand is nicely covered. Your opponent probably won’t think you have a flush because you rose on the turn.
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Below you will find tips that will help you as a beginner poker player. For the basics of the game of poker, read our poker rules. If you want to put these tips into practice, you can of course book the poker workshop.
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Don’t play too many hands
Often novice poker players are not selective enough in deciding which hands to play or not. Don’t think every hand can win, it’s better to play too few hands than to play too many hands.
When you play a lot of hands in the beginning, you end up in many difficult situations where you have to decide if your hand is good enough. If you are an experienced player is not a problem but when you are just starting out you can quickly get into trouble here.
Think about your opponent’s possible cards
When you are just starting to play poker it is hard enough to remember your own hand, let alone have an idea of your opponent’s hand. Nevertheless, it is very important to pay attention to this.
When you can estimate your opponent a little (‘put it on one hand’) it often makes your decisions much easier. Now you know more often if you have the winning hand, if you can fold better or if you have to bet a lot or little to win the maximum number of chips of your opponent during a poker tournament or a poker workshop.
Think about who you are playing against
Estimate the qualities of your opponents. If you think they are better than you are then you should adjust your playing style accordingly. This often means (even) playing less hands. If you estimate that you are better than your opponents, you can take advantage of this by bluffing them more often or winning more chips from them if you have the best hand.