Hold em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Wagering


Posted by Erik | Posted in Poker | Posted on 13-02-2014

Seems like most folks are generally talking about pre-flop strategy, so I wanted to talk a bit about how I wager on following the flop. Maybe I can support others, or maybe they’ve got advice to improve my play.

I believe that 2 of the most important plays right after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. That is because these are the plays you generate if you havent hit a hand except you could have a excellent drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand whenever you flop a monster. Except I consider that these 2 are the best techniques to play a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you opponent(s) and your postion. So here’s how I wager on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Location – Tight Competitors:

A semi-bluff works fairly effectively in this position. Come out betting and if a tight gambler did not hit a hand he will probably lay down, and if he is unsure you may possibly obtain a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the top it may possibly be time to get away.

Early Placement – Loose Opponents

This really is had been I like to accomplish a defensive wager. Determine how several chips you’re willing to risk on your draw and wager. It is normally a much lower wager than regular. It has been my understanding that the loose gambler will usually just call a bet rather than re-raise. On the other hand, in case you check to them, theyre more likely to throw in much more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Location – Tight Competitors

It is the greatest time to complete a semi-bluff, specifically if most of the table checks. If that is the case you will probaly pick up the pot now. If a player prior to has wager, you have to come to a decision if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will probably go away since he was trying to steal the pot. In case you consider he does, effectively then it’s time to determine your odds, and make a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Location – Loose Competitors

This one is a bit complicated, because it is tougher to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late position against loose gambler, odds are they’ve already bet. This is had been I usually determine to take a chance and are available back over the top of them and pray they don’t call, and if they do, properly then its time to gamble. Chances are though even a loose gambler will go away should you arrive back strong enough.

Remember although that these are moves I only generate immediately after 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.

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