• Texas Hold’em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Wagering

    Seems like most persons are generally talking about pre-flop technique, so I would like to speak a bit about how I play immediately after the flop. Maybe I can assist others, or possibly they have advice to enhance my play.

    I imagine that two of the most significant plays right after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. Which is because these are the plays you generate if you havent hit a hand except you’ve a good drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand once you flop a monster. Except I consider that these two are the greatest approaches to play a drawing. Each one is bet depending on you challenger(s) and your postion. So here is how I wager on it, so tell me what you think.

    Early Place – Tight Opponents:

    A semi-bluff works fairly properly in this position. Are available out betting and if a tight player didn’t hit a hand he will most likely lay down, and if he’s unsure you may perhaps obtain a call. But watch out, if that tight gambler comes back over the best it may possibly be time to get away.

    Early Place – Loose Competitors

    It is were I like to try and do a defensive bet. Come to a decision how quite a few chips you are willing to chance on your draw and bet. This really is usually a much smaller bet than regular. It has been my experience that the loose gambler will usually just call a wager instead of re-raise. Even so, when you check to them, theyre far more likely to throw in far more chips than your willing to pay.

    Late Position – Tight Opponents

    That is the ideal time to do a semi-bluff, specially 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 bet, you could have to make a decision 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 believe he does, properly then it’s time to calculate your odds, and determine if the pot odds are worth the call.

    Late Location – Loose Opponents

    This one is often a bit complicated, because it is tougher to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late location against loose gambler, chances are they have already wager. This can be were I usually decide to take a chance and arrive back over the top of them and pray they don’t call, and if they do, properly then its time to gamble. Odds are although even a loose gambler will go away in case you come back strong enough.

    Keep in mind although that these are moves I only produce immediately 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 example.

     September 4th, 2012  Everett   No comments

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