• Hold’em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Wagering

    Seems like most folks are usually talking about pre-flop technique, so I wanted to talk a tiny bit about how I wager on following the flop. Possibly I can aid others, or perhaps they’ve got advice to enhance my play.

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

    Early Position – Tight Competitors:

    A semi-bluff works fairly effectively in this position. Come out gambling and if a tight player didn’t hit a hand he will probably lay down, and if he’s unsure you may possibly get a call. But watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the top it may perhaps be time to acquire away.

    Early Placement – Loose Competitors

    This can be were I like to try and do a defensive bet. Determine how several chips you might be willing to risk on your draw and wager. This really is normally a much lower wager than normal. It has been my understanding that the loose player will usually just call a wager instead of re-raise. However, in case you check to them, theyre more likely to throw in additional chips than your willing to pay.

    Late Position – Tight Opponents

    This is the best time to do 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 gambler prior to has wager, you’ve to determine if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will possibly go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. If you imagine he does, nicely then it is time to calculate your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

    Late Placement – Loose Competitors

    This one can be a bit difficult, simply because it’s more difficult to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late location against loose gambler, odds are they’ve already wager. This can be had been I usually decide to take a chance and arrive back over the best of them and hope they do not call, and if they do, properly then its time to wager. Odds are although even a loose player will go away if you arrive back strong enough.

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

     January 18th, 2013  Marlee   No comments

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