Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

Seems like most men and women are usually talking about pre-flop technique, so I wanted to talk a bit about how I wager on right after the flop. Maybe I can assist others, or maybe they’ve got advice to enhance my play.

I consider that two of the most critical plays soon after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. That’s because these are the plays you produce whenever you havent hit a hand except you’ve a fine drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand when you flop a monster. But I feel that these two are the greatest methods to wager on a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you opponent(s) and your postion. So here is how I play it, so tell me what you think.

Early Position – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly properly in this position. Come out betting and if a tight player did not hit a hand he will probably lay down, and if he is unsure you may perhaps have a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back over the top it may be time to get away.

Early Position – Loose Competitors

This really is were I like to perform a defensive wager. Come to a decision how a lot of chips you’re willing to risk on your draw and bet. That is normally a much lower bet than normal. It has been my understanding that the loose gambler will usually just call a bet rather than re-raise. Nevertheless, should you check to them, theyre much more likely to throw in additional chips than your willing to pay.

Late Location – Tight Opponents

That is the finest time to do a semi-bluff, specially if most of the table checks. If that is the case you’ll probaly pick up the pot now. If a player prior to has wager, you’ve got to choose if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will most likely go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. In the event you believe he does, nicely then it’s time to compute your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Placement – Loose Competitors

This one is often a bit difficult, because it is tougher to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late placement against loose player, odds are they have already wager. It is had been I usually determine to take a chance and appear back more than the top of them and hope they do not call, and if they do, well then its time to gamble. Chances are though even a loose player will go away should you come back strong enough.

Bear in mind although that these are moves I only produce right after the flop comes and I have a respectable drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Possibly four to the flush or the open ended straight, for instance.

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