Archive for October 4th, 2010

Hold’em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Wagering

Seems like most persons are usually talking about pre-flop technique, so I wanted to speak a tiny bit about how I bet on right after the flop. Maybe I can help others, or maybe they have advice to enhance my play.

I believe that 2 of the most important plays immediately after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. Which is because these are the plays you generate whenever you havent hit a hand except you’ve a very good drawing hand. Its easy to play a hand when you flop a monster. Except I imagine that these two are the ideal techniques 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 Placement – Tight Competitors:

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

Early Placement – Loose Opponents

This really is were I like to try and do a defensive bet. Make a decision how numerous chips you’re willing to chance on your draw and wager. It is normally a much smaller bet than normal. It has been my encounter that the loose gambler will usually just call a bet rather than re-raise. On the other hand, when you check to them, theyre more likely to throw in much more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Position – Tight Competitors

This is the very best time to complete a semi-bluff, specifically 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 might have to come to a decision 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 believe he does, properly then it’s time to calculate your odds, and come to a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Location – Loose Competitors

This one can be a bit tricky, because it’s more difficult to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late location against loose player, chances are they have already bet. That is had been I usually determine to take a chance and appear back over the top of them and pray they don’t call, and if they do, well then its time to gamble. Odds are though even a loose player will go away when you are available back strong enough.

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