Floating - Hunter Bick of DragTheBar
In the next video excerpt from DragTheBar
Hunter discusses floating:
: You have a nicely tight and balanced range with which you cold call raises preflop. Stuff like pocket pairs, suited connectors, maybe some suited aces, and perhaps some big card hands like KQo that you don't want to 3bet. Then the flop comes and you whiff. Your opponent cbets.
: You know that your opponent will have whiffed this flop very often as well. He's more likely than not to be bluffing. If you fold every time you miss the flop, you need a much tighter range to cold call, which in turn is highly exploitable. How to resolve it?
: Floating. Call the flop bet with the intention of bluffing the turn.
Hunter Bick kindly guides us through some things to think about when it comes to floats, and you should pay specific attention to becoming exploitable in the OTHER direction (floating too often) because good opponents will charge you dearly for it. Check out this article here:
Identifying Floating Opportunites
On a personal note, and this may be a question of preference or style or it might be that I make a mistake, but I only very rarely float with absolute air. If I consider floating the flop with "almost nothing" it's virtually always an "almost nothing" that has backdoor draws to the nuts, or nearly so. I.e., I might very well float a K-8-4 rainbow flop with a backdoor flushdraw, but I'd almost never float it without it. I find that I flop backdoor draws to float often enough to make it hard for people to just cbet to get rid of me, but also not so often that I'm a flop calling station. Besides, it's fun to tilt people when they stack off to a runner-runner straight, even if our original intention was just to bluff the turn.
Hunter Bick on Floating:
YouTube - Floating The Flop: Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5GT8JjHKgs)
YouTube - Floating The Flop: Part 2.mp4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqeOtu9py6A)
YouTube - Floating The Flop: Part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bijRDa8MyYM)