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Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

Seems like most people are always talking about pre-flop technique, so I would like to speak a tiny bit about how I wager on soon after the flop. Perhaps I can support others, or perhaps they have advice to enhance my play.

I believe that 2 of the most essential 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 but you’ve a good drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand once you flop a monster. Except I think that these two are the very best methods to wager on a drawing. Each one is bet 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 effectively in this position. Come out wagering and if a tight gambler didn’t hit a hand he’ll probably lay down, and if he’s unsure you might acquire a call. But watch out, if that tight gambler comes back over the top it may possibly be time to receive away.

Early Placement – Loose Competitors

This really is were I like to try and do a defensive bet. Come to a decision how numerous chips you might be 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 player will usually just call a wager instead of re-raise. Nonetheless, in case you check to them, theyre a lot more likely to throw in additional chips than your willing to pay.

Late Location – Tight Competitors

This really is the best time to complete a semi-bluff, specially if most of the table checks. If that is the case you’ll probaly pick up the pot now. If a player prior to has wager, you’ve to decide if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he’ll most likely go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. In the event you think he does, effectively then it is time to determine your odds, and come to a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Position – Loose Opponents

This one is really a bit complicated, simply because it is more difficult to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late location against loose player, chances are they have already bet. That is had been I usually choose to take a chance and come back more than the best of them and hope they do not call, and if they do, well then its time to wager. Chances are though even a loose player will go away in case you come back strong enough.

Remember although that these are moves I only generate following the flop comes and I have a reasonable drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Perhaps 4 to the flush or the open ended straight, for instance.