Texas Hold em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Wagering
June 5th, 2013 by Deacon

Seems like most men and women are constantly talking about pre-flop system, so I would like to speak a little bit about how I play right after the flop. Maybe I can assist others, or perhaps they have advice to enhance my play.

I imagine that 2 of the most important plays soon after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. That is because these are the plays you make whenever you havent hit a hand except you have a excellent drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand when you flop a monster. Except I feel that these two are the finest techniques to wager on a drawing. Each one is played depending on you competition(s) and your postion. So here is how I wager on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Location – Tight Competitors:

A semi-bluff works fairly nicely 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 might get a call. But watch out, if that tight player comes back over the best it may be time to get away.

Early Location – Loose Opponents

This can be were I like to do a defensive wager. Choose how numerous chips you are willing to risk on your draw and wager. This can be normally a much lower bet than normal. It’s been my encounter that the loose gambler will usually just call a bet instead of re-raise. However, should you check to them, theyre additional likely to throw in a lot more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Location – Tight Opponents

It is the finest time to try and do a semi-bluff, especially if most of the table checks. If that’s the case you’ll probaly pick up the pot now. If a player prior to has wager, you have to decide if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will most likely go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. In the event you consider he does, well then it’s time to calculate your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Position – Loose Competitors

This one is a bit complicated, simply because it is more difficult to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late position against loose gambler, odds are they’ve already wager. It is were I usually come to a decision to take a chance and arrive back more than the best of them and hope they do not call, and if they do, well then its time to gamble. Odds are although even a loose gambler will go away should you appear back strong enough.

Don’t forget although that these are moves I only make soon after the flop comes and I have a reasonable drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Maybe 4 to the flush or the open ended straight, for example.

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