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"S" Terms

Semi-Bluff

  1. Verb

    To wager aggressively with a hand that has a moderate but unfavorable chance of winning in a showdown or with a drawing hand, with the intent of causing all opponents to fold but retaining the possibility of a win if a showdown does occur.

    EXAMPLE: "I had a slight negative expected value on my opponent's raise, so I semi-bluffed with a reraise to try and steal the pot. My opponent called, but I made my straight on the river and won the hand."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

  2. Noun

    The act of representing a marginal hand as a strong hand through aggressive wagering, intending to cause all opponents to fold but retaining the possibility of a win if a showdown does occur; the act of semi-bluffing.

    EXAMPLE: "I folded when my opponent raised all-in, but probably shouldn't have because it turned out to be a semi-bluff."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues




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