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Hold’em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

September 11th, 2012 at 20:21

Seems like most persons are usually talking about pre-flop strategy, so I wanted to talk a bit about how I bet on following the flop. Maybe I can assist others, or maybe they have advice to enhance my play.

I believe that two of the most essential plays following the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. That’s because these are the plays you generate when you havent hit a hand but you could have a excellent drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand whenever you flop a monster. But I think that these 2 are the ideal methods to play a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you competition(s) and your postion. So here’s how I play it, so tell me what you think.

Early Location – Tight Competitors:

A semi-bluff works fairly nicely in this position. Appear out betting and if a tight gambler didn’t hit a hand he’ll probably lay down, and if he’s unsure you may well have a call. But watch out, if that tight gambler comes back over the top it may possibly be time to obtain away.

Early Position – Loose Competitors

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

Late Place – Tight Competitors

This can be the finest time to accomplish a semi-bluff, specifically if most of the table checks. If that is the case you’ll probaly pick up the pot now. If a player before has bet, you have to choose 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. When you think he does, properly then it’s time to calculate your odds, and come to a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Placement – Loose Opponents

This one is often a bit challenging, simply because it’s harder to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late placement against loose gambler, odds are they’ve already wager. It is had been I usually come to a decision to take a chance and arrive back over the best of them and hope they do not call, and if they do, well then its time to gamble. Odds are although even a loose gambler will go away should you appear back strong enough.

Bear in mind although that these are moves I only make soon after the flop comes and I have a respectable drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Possibly 4 to the flush or the open ended straight, for example.

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