Texas Hold em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

Seems like most individuals are always talking about pre-flop technique, so I would like to talk a little bit about how I wager on following the flop. Maybe I can assist others, or perhaps they’ve got advice to improve my play.

I believe that two of the most critical plays following the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. Which is because these are the plays you generate whenever you havent hit a hand but you have a excellent drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand whenever you flop a monster. But I imagine that these 2 are the very best ways 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 Place – Tight Competitors:

A semi-bluff works fairly effectively in this position. Arrive out betting and if a tight gambler did not hit a hand he will most likely lay down, and if he is unsure you might receive a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the best it may be time to get away.

Early Place – Loose Competitors

This really is were I like to accomplish a defensive wager. Make a decision how a lot of chips you are willing to risk on your draw and bet. That is normally a much smaller wager than regular. It has been my experience that the loose player will usually just call a bet rather than re-raise. On the other hand, in the event you check to them, theyre much more likely to throw in a lot more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Position – Tight Opponents

This can be the greatest time to complete a semi-bluff, specifically if most of the table checks. If that is the case you will probaly pick up the pot now. If a player before has bet, you’ve to determine 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. Should you consider he does, properly then it is time to determine your odds, and come to a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Position – Loose Opponents

This one can be a bit complicated, because it is harder to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late position against loose gambler, odds are they have already wager. That is had been I usually make a decision to take a chance and come back more than the top of them and pray they do not call, and if they do, well then its time to gamble. Odds are although even a loose gambler will go away in case you arrive back strong enough.

Don’t forget though 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 4 to the flush or the open ended straight, for example.

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