Texas Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Gambling

November 27th, 2012 by Averie Leave a reply »
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Seems like most men and women are constantly talking about pre-flop technique, so I wanted to speak a bit about how I bet on after the flop. Possibly I can aid others, or maybe they have advice to enhance my play.

I consider that two of the most significant plays immediately after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. That is because these are the plays you generate when you havent hit a hand except you might have a excellent drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand once you flop a monster. But I believe that these 2 are the very best approaches to play a drawing. Each one is played depending on you opponent(s) and your postion. So here is how I play it, so tell me what you think.

Early Placement – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly properly in this position. Arrive 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 player comes back over the top it may well be time to get away.

Early Place – Loose Competitors

This can be were I like to try and do a defensive wager. Make a decision how several chips you’re willing to chance on your draw and bet. This really is usually a much lower wager than regular. It has been my encounter that the loose player will usually just call a bet instead of re-raise. Nonetheless, in the event you check to them, theyre additional likely to throw in far more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Placement – Tight Competitors

This can be the greatest 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 might have to determine if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he’ll possibly go away since he was trying to steal the pot. In the event you think he does, nicely then it’s time to calculate your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Place – Loose Competitors

This one can be a bit challenging, because it’s harder to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late place against loose gambler, chances are they’ve already wager. This really is were I usually choose to take a chance and arrive back over the top of them and pray they don’t call, and if they do, nicely then its time to wager. Odds are though even a loose gambler will go away when you appear back strong enough.

Don’t forget though that these are moves I only generate after the flop comes and I have a decent drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Perhaps four to the flush or the open ended straight, for example.


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