• Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Wagering

    Seems like most people are always talking about pre-flop technique, so I would like to talk a bit about how I wager on immediately after the flop. Possibly I can assist others, or perhaps they have advice to enhance my play.

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

    Early Location – Tight Competitors:

    A semi-bluff works fairly effectively in this position. Appear out betting and if a tight gambler did not hit a hand he will most likely lay down, and if he’s unsure you may perhaps acquire a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back over the top it may be time to receive away.

    Early Position – Loose Competitors

    This really is were I like to try and do a defensive bet. Determine how quite a few chips you’re willing to chance on your draw and wager. This really is normally a much lower bet than regular. It has been my encounter that the loose player will usually just call a wager instead of re-raise. On the other hand, should you check to them, theyre far more likely to throw in additional chips than your willing to pay.

    Late Position – Tight Opponents

    This can be the finest time to complete a semi-bluff, specially if most of the table checks. If that’s the case you’ll probaly pick up the pot now. If a player before has bet, you could have to decide 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. When you feel he does, effectively then it is time to compute your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

    Late Place – Loose Opponents

    This one can be a bit complicated, because it’s harder to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late location against loose gambler, odds are they’ve already bet. This is were I usually determine to take a chance and arrive back over the top of them and hope they don’t call, and if they do, nicely then its time to wager. Odds are although even a loose player will go away if you are available back strong enough.

    Keep in mind although that these are moves I only make after the flop comes and I have a decent drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Possibly 4 to the flush or the open ended straight, for example.

     November 24th, 2010  Spencer   No comments

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