What is ‘Float’?
A poker player is said to 'float' if they make a continuation bet - one before and after the flop, with the lead in hand - as part of a bluffing
strategy. The float refers to making a call on a weak hand with the intention of staying in play and seeing the turn or the river
, presumably on the assumption that an opponent also holds a weak hand.
The term float or to float is seen in general casino use and it refers to a player who makes small bets, drifts from game to game, stretches out their play and tries different bets at different times. They float their strategy at the table, and they themselves can float between games and plays.In poker, the float is a name given to the practice of making a call after the flop despite holding a weak hand, with the intention of seeing the turn, the river and the opponent's hand - or at least seeing how the next play turns out. Players float along in the game, going for a call instead of a raise
so that the next card, be it the turn or the river, can be seen and played for. Players might choose to float their wager rather than make a decision to fold right away.The float is a kind of continuation bet, handing an advantage to the player in the post-flop after being made originally before the flop
. Rather than make a raise or go all-in against what could be a winning hand, the player opts to call and float in the game until the next card is known. This play might carry across one round or more, and could be part of a conservative play on a good hand or part of a long bluffing strategy.