Hold’em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Wagering
August 15th, 2012 by Miranda

Seems like most persons are always talking about pre-flop method, so I would like to speak a tiny bit about how I play following the flop. Maybe I can help others, or possibly they’ve got advice to enhance my play.

I think that 2 of the most significant plays immediately after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. Which is because these are the plays you produce once you havent hit a hand but you’ve got a fine drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand when you flop a monster. But I believe that these 2 are the ideal approaches to play a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you opponent(s) and your postion. So here’s how I bet on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Position – Tight Competitors:

A semi-bluff works fairly nicely in this position. Are available out betting and if a tight gambler did not hit a hand he’ll probably lay down, and if he is unsure you may well acquire a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the best it may well be time to obtain away.

Early Location – Loose Competitors

This really is were I like to complete a defensive wager. Choose how many chips you might be willing to chance on your draw and wager. That is usually a much smaller wager than normal. It has been my experience that the loose player will usually just call a wager instead of re-raise. Nonetheless, should you check to them, theyre more likely to throw in far more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Position – Tight Opponents

This can be the finest time to perform a semi-bluff, particularly 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 might have to make a decision 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 imagine he does, properly then it’s time to determine your odds, and determine if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Location – Loose Opponents

This one is really a bit difficult, because it is harder to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late location against loose player, chances are they have already bet. This really is were I usually decide to take a chance and arrive back more than 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 gambler will go away if you are available back strong enough.

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

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