Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

by Gaige on February 20th, 2011

Seems like most men and women are often talking about pre-flop strategy, so I wanted to speak a little bit about how I wager on immediately after the flop. Possibly I can support others, or possibly they have advice to enhance my play.

I think that two of the most important plays immediately after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. That’s because these are the plays you produce whenever you havent hit a hand but you’ve a fine drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand whenever you flop a monster. Except I feel that these 2 are the finest ways to wager on a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you challenger(s) and your postion. So here’s how I bet on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Position – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly properly in this position. Come out wagering and if a tight gambler did not hit a hand he will most likely lay down, and if he’s unsure you may well acquire a call. Except watch out, if that tight gambler comes back over the best it may be time to get away.

Early Place – Loose Competitors

This is were I like to complete a defensive wager. Come to a decision how many chips you are willing to chance on your draw and bet. This can be usually a much lower wager than normal. It’s been my understanding that the loose gambler will usually just call a wager rather than re-raise. Even so, should you check to them, theyre a lot more likely to throw in a lot more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Placement – Tight Competitors

This can be the very best time to do a semi-bluff, especially if most of the table checks. If that’s the case you’ll probaly pick up the pot now. If a player before has wager, you have to come to a decision if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will possibly go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. In the event you imagine he does, properly then it’s time to determine your odds, and come to a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Placement – Loose Competitors

This one is really a bit complicated, because it’s tougher to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late placement against loose gambler, chances are they’ve already wager. It is had been I usually choose to take a chance and appear back more than the best of them and pray they don’t call, and if they do, nicely then its time to gamble. Chances are although even a loose gambler will go away in case you appear back strong enough.

Bear in mind though that these are moves I only produce right after the flop comes and I have a reasonable drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Maybe 4 to the flush or the open ended straight, for instance.

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