Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Gambling

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

I believe that 2 of the most critical plays after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. That’s because these are the plays you produce when you havent hit a hand except you’ve got a great drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand whenever you flop a monster. Except I imagine that these two are the very best methods to bet on a drawing. Each one is played depending on you competition(s) and your postion. So here’s how I wager on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Position – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly well in this position. Appear out wagering and if a tight gambler didn’t hit a hand he’ll probably lay down, and if he is unsure you might get a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the best it may be time to get away.

Early Position – Loose Competitors

This really is were I like to try and do a defensive wager. Choose how several chips you might be willing to chance on your draw and wager. That is normally a much smaller wager than regular. It’s been my encounter that the loose player will usually just call a wager rather than re-raise. Nevertheless, in case you check to them, theyre a lot more likely to throw in far more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Location – Tight Opponents

This really is the greatest time to perform a semi-bluff, especially if most of the table checks. If that’s the case you will probaly pick up the pot now. If a player before has wager, you might have to make a decision 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. Should you imagine he does, effectively 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 really a bit complicated, simply because it’s tougher to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late location against loose gambler, chances are they have already bet. That is had been I usually come to a decision to take a chance and appear back over the top of them and pray they don’t call, and if they do, properly then its time to wager. Chances are although even a loose gambler will go away should you appear back strong enough.

Keep in mind although that these are moves I only generate right after the flop comes and I have a reasonable drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Perhaps four to the flush or the open ended straight, for instance.

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