Texas Hold’em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Gambling

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Seems like most men and women are often talking about pre-flop technique, so I wanted to talk a little bit about how I bet on after the flop. Possibly I can assist others, or maybe they’ve got advice to improve my play.

I consider that 2 of the most critical plays right after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. Which is because these are the plays you make if you havent hit a hand but you’ve got a great drawing hand. Its easy to bet on a hand when you flop a monster. Except I think that these 2 are the ideal techniques to play a drawing. Each one is played depending on you opponent(s) and your postion. So here is how I play 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 is unsure you may well receive a call. But watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the top it may perhaps be time to receive away.

Early Position – Loose Competitors

That is had been I like to complete a defensive bet. Come to a decision how several chips you might be willing to chance on your draw and wager. That is usually a much lower bet than regular. It has been my understanding that the loose player will usually just call a bet rather than re-raise. However, when you check to them, theyre a lot more likely to throw in much more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Position – Tight Competitors

It is the greatest time to complete a semi-bluff, particularly if most of the table checks. If that is the case you will probaly pick up the pot now. If a player prior to has bet, you’ve got to determine 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, nicely then it’s time to determine your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Position – Loose Competitors

This one is a bit difficult, 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 wager. This is had been I usually decide to take a chance and arrive back over the top of them and pray they do not call, and if they do, properly then its time to wager. Chances are though even a loose player will go away should you come back strong enough.

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

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