Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

October 18th, 2010 Heath Leave a comment Go to comments

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Seems like most persons are constantly talking about pre-flop system, so I wanted to speak a tiny bit about how I wager on soon after the flop. Perhaps I can assist others, or maybe they’ve got advice to enhance my play.

I believe that 2 of the most crucial plays immediately after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. That is because these are the plays you make whenever you havent hit a hand but you might have a excellent drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand once you flop a monster. Except I believe that these 2 are the ideal approaches to wager on a drawing. Each one is bet depending on you challenger(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 properly in this position. Are available out gambling and if a tight gambler did not hit a hand he’ll probably lay down, and if he’s unsure you may possibly obtain a call. But watch out, if that tight gambler comes back over the top it might be time to acquire away.

Early Place – Loose Opponents

This really is had been I like to try and do a defensive wager. Come to a decision how several chips you might be willing to chance on your draw and bet. This is normally a much smaller wager than normal. It’s been my encounter that the loose gambler will usually just call a wager instead of re-raise. Nevertheless, when you check to them, theyre much more likely to throw in more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Place – Tight Competitors

This really is the best time to accomplish a semi-bluff, especially if most of the table checks. If that’s the case you will probaly pick up the pot now. If a gambler prior to has wager, 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 attempting to steal the pot. Should you consider he does, well then it is time to calculate your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Position – Loose Opponents

This one is a bit tricky, simply because it’s tougher to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late position against loose player, chances are they have already bet. This really is had been I usually determine to take a chance and come back more than the top of them and pray they do not call, and if they do, properly then its time to gamble. Chances are although even a loose player will go away in the event you come back strong enough.

Bear in mind though that these are moves I only produce after the flop comes and I have a decent drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Maybe 4 to the flush or the open ended straight, for example.

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