Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

Monday, 7. February 2011

Seems like most persons are constantly talking about pre-flop strategy, so I wanted to speak a little bit about how I play after the flop. Possibly I can aid others, or perhaps they’ve got advice to enhance my play.

I believe that 2 of the most crucial plays following the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. Which is because these are the plays you generate once you havent hit a hand but you have a excellent drawing hand. Its easy to play a hand once you flop a monster. But I imagine that these 2 are the best techniques to wager on a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you challenger(s) and your postion. So here’s how I wager on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Placement – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly nicely in this position. Arrive out wagering and if a tight player didn’t hit a hand he will most likely lay down, and if he is unsure you might receive a call. But watch out, if that tight gambler comes back more than the best it may be time to receive away.

Early Position – Loose Opponents

This can be were I like to perform a defensive bet. Choose how several chips you are willing to risk on your draw and wager. That is normally a much lower bet than regular. It has been my experience that the loose player will usually just call a bet rather than re-raise. Nevertheless, when you check to them, theyre a lot more likely to throw in a lot more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Location – Tight Opponents

This really is the very best time to try and do a semi-bluff, specially if most of the table checks. If that is the case you will probaly pick up the pot now. If a player prior to has wager, you have to determine if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he’ll possibly go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. In the event you believe he does, nicely then it is time to compute your odds, and decide if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Place – Loose Opponents

This one can be a bit difficult, simply because it’s tougher to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late location against loose gambler, odds are they’ve already wager. That is had been I usually determine to take a chance and are available back over the best of them and pray they do not call, and if they do, properly then its time to wager. Odds are although even a loose player will go away in the event you come back strong enough.

Keep in mind though that these are moves I only generate immediately after the flop comes and I have a reasonable drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Possibly four to the flush or the open ended straight, for example.

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