Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Wagering

by Carmelo on July 13th, 2012

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

I believe that 2 of the most important plays right after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. That is because these are the plays you make when you havent hit a hand except you have a good drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand when you flop a monster. But I imagine that these 2 are the ideal approaches to bet on a drawing. Each one is wagered 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 properly in this position. Appear out betting and if a tight gambler didn’t hit a hand he’ll most likely lay down, and if he is unsure you might acquire a call. But watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the top it might be time to receive away.

Early Location – Loose Competitors

This is were I like to perform a defensive wager. Come to a decision how quite a few chips you are willing to chance on your draw and bet. This can be usually a much smaller bet than normal. It’s been my encounter that the loose gambler will usually just call a bet instead of re-raise. Nonetheless, in the event you check to them, theyre far more likely to throw in much more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Location – Tight Competitors

It is the best time to try and do a semi-bluff, especially 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 to make a decision if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will probably go away since he was trying to steal the pot. When you think he does, effectively then it is time to calculate your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Placement – Loose Competitors

This one is really a bit tricky, simply because it is tougher to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late place against loose gambler, odds are they’ve already bet. This really is had been I usually decide to take a chance and are available back over the top of them and pray they don’t call, and if they do, well then its time to wager. Odds are though 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 following the flop comes and I have a reasonable drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Maybe four to the flush or the open ended straight, for example.

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