Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

Seems like most folks are always talking about pre-flop technique, so I wanted to speak a tiny bit about how I bet on following the flop. Maybe I can aid others, or possibly they have advice to enhance my play.

I think that two of the most significant plays soon after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. Which is because these are the plays you generate when you havent hit a hand except you could have a excellent drawing hand. Its easy to play a hand if you flop a monster. Except I think that these 2 are the very best techniques to wager on a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you challenger(s) and your postion. So here’s how I wager on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Place – Tight Competitors:

A semi-bluff works fairly well in this position. Come out wagering and if a tight player did not hit a hand he’ll probably lay down, and if he is unsure you may perhaps get a call. Except watch out, if that tight gambler comes back over the best it may possibly be time to acquire away.

Early Position – Loose Competitors

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

Late Position – Tight Opponents

This is the best time to accomplish 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 gambler before has bet, you’ve got 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. If you feel he does, well then it’s time to determine your odds, and come to a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Placement – Loose Opponents

This one is a bit tricky, simply because it’s more difficult to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late location against loose gambler, chances are they have already wager. That is were I usually determine to take a chance and appear back over the best of them and hope they do not call, and if they do, nicely then its time to gamble. Chances are though even a loose gambler will go away in case you come back strong enough.

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

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