Wednesday, December 25, 2013
10 More Essential Hold'em Moves: Floating the Flop
There’s no simple fix for becoming a winning poker player but there are a
handful of simple, easy-to-execute poker moves that can make a world of difference to your bottom
By fine-tuning these tactics you’ll have more tools to put to work at the poker table. You’ll
be able to better understand your opponents and how to manipulate them, and that will
translate directly to money in your pocket. marked cards
We already wrote the book on the 10 Essential Texas hold'em Moves and now we’re back
to bring you 10 more.
Today we’re talking about floating the flop, a move that can turn your opponent's
continuation bets against him. By just calling your opponent’s bet on the flop, you’ll be
in a perfect spot to take the pot away when he shows weakness on the turn.
The float is an intermediate poker move that requires a strong understanding of the players
you’re up against but if you can master it you’ll be able to win more pots post-flop,
regardless of the cards you’re holding.
The What: At its most basic, poker lenses floating the flop refers to calling a bet on the
flop with the intention of betting and taking down the pot when your opponent checks
to you on the turn.
The Why: Floating the flop is a move used to defend against the continuation bet.
Because players routinely continuation bet with a wide range of hands, you shouldn’t
be surrendering every time someone does it. But instead of simply raising the flop,
floating allows you to pick up more information on the turn before making your move.
The Who: You should only be floating the flop against tight-aggressive players who do a lot of preflop raising and continuation betting.
The When: You should only be floating the flop when you are in position.
The Where: Floating the flop is a powerful poker move that can be used in all
forms of Texas Hold’em but because it requires two streets of action it lends
itself more to deep-stacked games.