Texas Hold em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting


Posted by Angelique | Posted in Holdem | Posted on 08-11-2010

Seems like most individuals are constantly talking about pre-flop method, so I would like to talk a bit about how I play after the flop. Maybe I can aid others, or maybe they have advice to enhance my play.

I believe that two of the most critical plays after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. Which is because these are the plays you make whenever you havent hit a hand except you might have a good drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand when you flop a monster. Except I think that these two are the very best ways to wager on a drawing. Each one is bet depending on you competition(s) and your postion. So here is how I play it, so tell me what you think.

Early Place – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly effectively in this position. Appear out gambling and if a tight player didn’t hit a hand he will probably lay down, and if he is unsure you might have a call. Except watch out, if that tight gambler comes back more than the best it may possibly be time to obtain away.

Early Location – Loose Competitors

This is had been I like to accomplish a defensive wager. Make a decision how several chips you might be willing to risk on your draw and bet. This can be usually a much lower bet than regular. It has been my encounter that the loose gambler will usually just call a bet instead of re-raise. Nevertheless, when you check to them, theyre more likely to throw in a lot more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Place – Tight Competitors

That is the ideal time to 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 gambler prior to has bet, you’ve got to decide if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will most likely go away since he was trying to steal the pot. In case you believe he does, well then it’s time to determine your odds, and determine if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Place – Loose Opponents

This one is often a bit challenging, because it’s harder to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late location against loose player, chances are they have already wager. This really is had been I usually make a decision to take a chance and arrive back over the best of them and pray they do not call, and if they do, nicely then its time to gamble. Odds are although even a loose gambler will go away when you appear back strong enough.

Don’t forget although that these are moves I only generate right after the flop comes and I have a decent drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Perhaps four to the flush or the open ended straight, for instance.

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