What is floating?
Floating is the term used for a hand where you hold the nuts and your opponents are holding cards which do not affect your hand.umbers that are higher than eight and lower than the flop. Most of the time you will have Aces as your hole cards. On the flop, the worst hand that can be dealt is A-2-3-4-5. The best way to represent an A-A in your opponent’s mind is a floating set. Let’s say you have a 2 and a 5. You have the best possible hand, so you want your opponents to think that they have the worst hand (5). That is when you bet strongly.
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If you have a hand that does not have any cards in your hand, and if the cards that you have are connected in a straight, flush, or straight flush range, you have a floating hand. Most players believe that if you have a hand like 2-3-4-5-6 it is very unlikely that you have a queen on the flop. Your opponents will not believe you if you have a hand like this. When you have a hand like this, you can extract a lot of money from your opponents. Most of the time you will win huge pots even though you have nothing. When you have nothing, you have value. When your hand is strong, you can take small pots.
If you have a hand like 6-7-8-9 and the flop has two cards that do not fit in with your pocket cards, you can keep betting strongly while your opponents have no idea what you have. They may put two bets in. If you have 2-3-4-5-6, they might put a large bet in. They don’t know that you have the set. Keep betting strongly. You might win a small pot, and your opponents will not know what you have.
If you opponent calls your bets on the flop, put an additional bet in on the turn. If you still do not have a hand, and you have not seen any cards, you can always say, “I have 2 pairs,” or “I have a set.” This phrase can drive out opponents who have draw hands.
What to do on the flop
If you have a strong hand, and your opponent calls your bets on the flop, you should bluff on the turn. Your opponent has no idea what you have. There are not any cards that can come that will help your hand, so give him a free card or bet strong.
On the turn, if your opponent checks, call his bet, and don’t check raise. This is an indication that you have a very strong hand. Now your opponent has to bet again on the river to prove that he has a better hand than you. He has no idea what you have. This on the turn is strong enough to win the pot.
Meanwhile, if you have a draw, you can semi-bluff. In this situation you have a gut shot to win the pot. Your draw can be improved with a turn or river card, or a card with a lowsplit. It is always weaker when you are on a draw, so you should bet accordingly. I recommend betting three times the big blind. On the flop, always bet strong. You have the right to bluff if you feel it necessary.
If you have a low pocket, you will want to be aggressive preflop, or you might find yourself outdrawn. You might also be calling a big raise preflop, or you might bet only on the flop when you have 10 or less. If you flop a setter, or a lower set, you should be aggressive. Stick to your game plan. Don’t let your mask be uncovered.
If you have a higher pocket, you should be putting in a strong preflop raise. As a rule of thumb, you should be raising no more than three times the big blind for each hand. If you have a month in the bankroll, you should be raising at least one hand per session.
While Maintaining Your mask atmosphere.
In addition to maintaining your mask, you should mix up your play enough from time to time. Don’t be predictable. Chances are your opponents will have noted your previously loose style of play and will be making fun of you for it. After a while, you’ll be labeled as a “calling pokerlegenda” by the bigger players, and eventually your loose play will become so obvious that you will get called by big hands.
The difference between a good game and a great game is the ability to change your game style at different stages of the game.