Hold’em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Gambling

November 4th, 2010 by Aryan Leave a reply »

Seems like most folks are usually talking about pre-flop system, so I would like to talk a tiny bit about how I play after the flop. Maybe I can aid others, or possibly they have 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 wager. That is because these are the plays you generate once you havent hit a hand except you could have a fine drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand once you flop a monster. But I imagine that these 2 are the greatest ways to play a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you challenger(s) and your postion. So here’s how I wager on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Place – Tight Competitors:

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

Early Location – Loose Opponents

This is were I like to try and do a defensive bet. Make a decision how several chips you’re willing to chance on your draw and bet. It is normally a much lower bet than normal. It has been my understanding that the loose player will usually just call a wager rather than re-raise. Even so, should you check to them, theyre additional likely to throw in more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Placement – Tight Opponents

This is the greatest time to do a semi-bluff, specially if most of the table checks. If that is the case you will probaly pick up the pot now. If a player before has bet, you’ve to choose 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 think he does, well then it’s time to determine your odds, and come to a decision if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Placement – Loose Opponents

This one is a bit challenging, because it is tougher to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late place against loose player, odds are they have already wager. This is were I usually decide to take a chance and come back over the top of them and hope they do not call, and if they do, nicely then its time to gamble. Odds are although even a loose player will go away should you come back strong enough.

Don’t forget though that these are moves I only make 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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