Texas Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

Seems like most folks are constantly talking about pre-flop technique, so I wanted to talk a little bit about how I bet on soon after the flop. Perhaps I can aid others, or possibly they’ve got advice to improve my play.

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

Early Placement – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly nicely in this position. Appear out wagering and if a tight player didn’t hit a hand he will probably lay down, and if he is unsure you may possibly get a call. Except watch out, if that tight gambler comes back more than the top it may perhaps be time to get away.

Early Placement – Loose Competitors

This really is were I like to try and do a defensive bet. Come to a decision how several chips you are willing to risk on your draw and bet. This is normally a much lower wager than normal. It’s been my encounter that the loose gambler will usually just call a bet rather than re-raise. Nonetheless, in case you check to them, theyre a lot more likely to throw in more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Position – Tight Competitors

That is the finest time to accomplish 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 gambler prior to has bet, you have to come to a decision if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will most likely go away since he was trying to steal the pot. Should you imagine he does, well then it is time to calculate your odds, and determine if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Place – Loose Opponents

This one is a bit difficult, simply because it is tougher to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late position against loose gambler, chances are they’ve already bet. This really is were I usually come to a decision to take a chance and arrive back over the top of them and hope they don’t call, and if they do, well then its time to gamble. Odds are although even a loose player will go away when you arrive back strong enough.

Bear in mind although that these are moves I only produce soon after the flop comes and I have a respectable drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Possibly four to the flush or the open ended straight, for instance.

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