Hold em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Gambling


Posted by Mara | Posted in Poker | Posted on 06-03-2011

Seems like most persons are constantly talking about pre-flop strategy, so I would like to talk a tiny bit about how I play right after the flop. Maybe I can aid others, or perhaps they have advice to enhance my play.

I think that two of the most significant plays right 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 could have a fine drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand when you flop a monster. Except I feel that these 2 are the ideal approaches to bet on a drawing. Each one is played depending on you challenger(s) and your postion. So here is how I wager on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Position – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly nicely in this position. Arrive out gambling and if a tight player did not hit a hand he will most likely lay down, and if he’s unsure you may possibly receive a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the best it may well be time to get away.

Early Position – Loose Competitors

This is were I like to accomplish a defensive bet. Choose how many chips you are willing to chance on your draw and bet. This can be usually a much smaller wager than normal. It’s been my experience that the loose player will usually just call a wager rather than re-raise. Even so, should you check to them, theyre a lot more likely to throw in much more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Placement – Tight Competitors

This is the finest time to perform a semi-bluff, specially if most of the table checks. If that is the case you’ll probaly pick up the pot now. If a player prior to has bet, you have to make a decision if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he’ll possibly go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. When you feel he does, properly then it is time to determine your odds, and come to a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Position – Loose Opponents

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

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

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