How to Use the Semi-Bluff in Texas Hold’em Poker

Bluffing is an important element to master in poker, but should only be attempted at the most opportune times where your likelihood of success is at its greatest. Semi-bluffing is tried more frequently than a pure bluff. The difference between a bluff and a semi-bluff depends on the chances that your hand may improve on either the turn or river cards. A pure bluff usually has no chance of your hand improving or of taking down the pot if your opponent calls your bet. On a semi-bluff, there is likely some chance of winning the hand if the other player calls.

The Pure Bluff

Pure bluffs are attempted when you have little or no pot equity and will rely on the usually large size of your bet and the belief that your opponent will fold in order for you to win the hand. Semi-bluffs are typically done in drawing situations where you have some equity and where winning the pot, if your opponent calls you, will be dependent upon catching one of your cards or outs on the turn card or river.