Understanding the float play in Texas Hold’em
By Bob Garcia
Considered a type of bluff, the float play can be a valuable tool for poker players
The number of strategies that can be implemented in Texas Hold’em can be many, but what is really important is to know how and when to apply them. There is the case of the “float play,” which is an advanced bluffing technique that usually extends to two betting rounds. These two rounds are the flop and the turn, and the essential idea is to be able to fool your opponent into believing that you have a stronger hand than them, and thus close the action and take your deserved money. In creating a winning Texas Hold’em strategy guide, this is another tool that should be added.
The correct way to apply the float play starts on the flop, where you are going to call an opponent’s bet and then bet after checking on the turn, with the intention of winning the hand before you even have to reach the river.
This technique is so effective that it can actually be implemented using any two cards. It is a move that generally works because it is very common to see a high-level player make a continuation bet on the flop, implying that their aggression will lead to success, but not until you come in and call the bet, which makes them think twice about their decision. Many of the players decide to close the turn and check, which opens up a great possibility to win the pot through their weakness.
In order to have a successful float play, you have to keep in mind that you should be acting after your opponent, just as you should be face to face against him or her. The first is because you can detect any weaknesses on the turn after you have decided to call the bets and the second is because the more players involved, the more difficult it is to pull off such a complex bluff.