The Float play


In order to give you the keys to success and victory in poker, we shall, in this section, explain another strategy of the game of poker a famous bluff.

The float play is a defensive technique used by experienced players.

principle of the Float Play

The principle of this strategy is to counter a player who abuses the continuation bet on the flop. If you feel that a player is trying to steal the pot, you have to stop him and win the pot in his place. This is done by calling his flop bet, which should put him in a difficult situation.

This technique will allow you, at the same time, to win a lot of pots and to become a formidable opponent.

When and how to use the Float Play?

The float play is particularly effective against aggressive players, from a generation influenced by Scandinavian poker, where aggressive play is often very profitable.

Ideally the floating play should be used heads up, you will be in a better position to thwart your opponent's strategy. If a third player was still in the game and he followed the flop bet, it would mean he has a decent hand too, and it is difficult to eliminate a player who knows he's in with a decent chance.
However, if you want the float play to be effective, it is better to isolate the player who wants to steal the pot.

The float play is a defence, for after the flop it does not apply throughout a game, it is the response to a misuse of the continuation bet. You need to be observant, have a good analytical mind and be a strategist to identify when to use floating.

Then, as so often with poker strategy, take your time, look and think carefully about all the elements of the table and the game before you make your play.

However, it is not necessary to have a good hand to use the float play. The important thing is to be in a good situation and also in the right position. You must be able to exploit the weaknesses of your opponent's turn play. The fact that the hand held by the player using the float play is of no real importance, means that in the minds of young players, this play is more in the line of a bluff.

However, unlike the bluff which is a strategy to win the hand, the float play is seen as a defensive play, even if it ultimately leads to the same desired result: remove the opponent to win the pot.

An example of the Float Play in action

Now that we have explained to you what the float play is, when you use it, and against whom, we can show you a concrete example to illustrate all this information.

Imagine that you are playing a hand with any two cards, not necessarily a good combination. The flop is dry, with a 7, a 6 and a 2 (mixed suits).

  1. A player decides to raise, you call. It is unlikely that your opponent has hit the flop. They would need to have an overpair to a 7, which is unlikely.
  2. So you think this player is bluffing and call his raise, until the turn at which point it doesn't matter what card falls, if your opponent checks, he is admitting his weakness.
  3. Then simply bet on the turn to win the pot and lose the bluffer.
  4. Having wisely called your opponent rather than reraising makes you look like a player with a good hand, while reraising would have made you also look like a bluffer. If you call a bet, you generally have good cards and gradually your opponent feels trapped because he does not have a good hand. He will keep bluffing for as long as he can, but then will give up, leaving you victorious.

Like all poker strategies, it is better to use the float play occasionally and not every hand.

Poker is a game where you have to adapt your strategy to your opponents, your position and the flop texture, and in any case you can't depend on a one-size-fits-all game strategy learned by rote, you need to surprise your opponent to be able to win.