Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

Wednesday, 16. February 2011

Seems like most individuals are usually talking about pre-flop system, so I would like to talk a tiny bit about how I play immediately after the flop. Perhaps I can support others, or maybe they’ve got advice to enhance my play.

I believe that 2 of the most essential plays after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. That is because these are the plays you generate whenever you havent hit a hand but you have a fine drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand when you flop a monster. Except I think that these two are the ideal techniques to play a drawing. Each one is played depending on you competition(s) and your postion. So here is how I bet on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Location – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly well in this position. Appear out betting and if a tight gambler did not hit a hand he’ll probably lay down, and if he’s unsure you may receive a call. But watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the best it may be time to have away.

Early Placement – Loose Opponents

This really is were I like to complete a defensive wager. Choose how many chips you are willing to risk on your draw and bet. That is usually a much lower bet than normal. It has been my understanding that the loose gambler will usually just call a bet rather than re-raise. However, when you check to them, theyre more likely to throw in far more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Placement – Tight Opponents

This can be the ideal time to perform a semi-bluff, particularly if most of the table checks. If that’s the case you’ll probaly pick up the pot now. If a gambler before has bet, you could have to come to a decision if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he’ll probably go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. In case you feel he does, well then it is time to determine your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Place – Loose Competitors

This one is often a bit tricky, because it is more difficult to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late place against loose player, chances are they have already wager. This can be were I usually decide to take a chance and appear back more than the best of them and hope they don’t call, and if they do, properly then its time to wager. Chances are though even a loose player will go away when you arrive back strong enough.

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

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