Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

August 26th, 2012 by Jazmyn Leave a reply »

Seems like most persons are often talking about pre-flop system, so I wanted to speak a bit about how I wager on following the flop. Maybe I can support others, or perhaps they’ve got advice to enhance my play.

I believe that two of the most crucial plays following the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. Which is because these are the plays you make once you havent hit a hand but you could have a great drawing hand. Its easy to play a hand once you flop a monster. But I imagine that these 2 are the finest methods to bet on a drawing. Each one is bet depending on you challenger(s) and your postion. So here’s how I play it, so tell me what you think.

Early Place – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly well in this position. Come out gambling and if a tight gambler did not hit a hand he’ll probably lay down, and if he is unsure you may perhaps get a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back over the best it may well be time to get away.

Early Place – Loose Opponents

This can be were I like to perform a defensive wager. Make a decision how several chips you might be willing to chance on your draw and wager. This really is usually a much smaller bet than regular. It has been my understanding that the loose gambler will usually just call a bet instead of re-raise. However, if you check to them, theyre more likely to throw in more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Position – Tight Competitors

This is the best time to complete a semi-bluff, especially if most of the table checks. If that is the case you will probaly pick up the pot now. If a player before has bet, you’ve got to come to a decision if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he’ll most likely go away since he was trying to steal the pot. Should you consider he does, well then it is time to calculate your odds, and come to a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Place – Loose Opponents

This one is often a bit tricky, simply because it is more difficult to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late position against loose player, chances are they have already bet. That is had been I usually determine to take a chance and come back more than the top of them and pray they do not call, and if they do, effectively then its time to wager. Odds are although even a loose gambler will go away should you arrive back strong enough.

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


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