Texas Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

Seems like most people are often talking about pre-flop system, so I would like to talk a bit about how I bet on following the flop. Maybe I can assist others, or possibly they have advice to improve my play.

I feel that 2 of the most important plays soon after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. That is because these are the plays you make if you havent hit a hand but you have a excellent drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand once you flop a monster. But I consider that these 2 are the finest techniques to bet on a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you competition(s) and your postion. So here is how I bet on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Location – Tight Opponents:

A semi-bluff works fairly effectively in this position. Come out betting and if a tight gambler didn’t hit a hand he’ll most likely lay down, and if he’s unsure you may well acquire a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the best it may be time to have away.

Early Place – Loose Opponents

This is had been I like to accomplish a defensive bet. Decide how many chips you’re willing to chance on your draw and bet. This can be normally a much lower bet than regular. It’s been my encounter that the loose player will usually just call a bet rather than re-raise. On the other hand, in the event you check to them, theyre more likely to throw in much more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Position – Tight Opponents

This can be the best time to accomplish a semi-bluff, specially if most of the table checks. If that’s the case you will probaly pick up the pot now. If a gambler prior to has wager, you’ve got to determine if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he’ll most likely go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. In case you imagine he does, well then it is time to compute your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Placement – Loose Opponents

This one is a bit challenging, because it’s harder to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late place against loose player, odds are they have already wager. That is had been I usually choose to take a chance and arrive back over the top of them and pray they do not call, and if they do, well then its time to wager. Odds are although even a loose gambler will go away should you arrive back strong enough.

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

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