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Texas Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

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Seems like most folks are generally talking about pre-flop strategy, so I wanted to talk a tiny bit about how I play soon after the flop. Perhaps I can aid others, or perhaps they’ve got advice to enhance my play.

I think that 2 of the most essential plays immediately after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. That’s because these are the plays you generate if you havent hit a hand but you have a fine drawing hand. Its easy to play a hand once you flop a monster. Except I feel that these 2 are the finest ways to wager on a drawing. Each one is bet depending on you competition(s) and your postion. So here’s how I play it, so tell me what you think.

Early Position – Tight Competitors:

A semi-bluff works fairly nicely in this position. Appear out betting and if a tight player did not hit a hand he’ll probably lay down, and if he is unsure you may perhaps get a call. But watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the top it might be time to get away.

Early Placement – Loose Competitors

It is were I like to perform a defensive wager. Determine how quite a few chips you might be willing to chance on your draw and bet. This really is usually a much smaller wager than regular. It has been my experience that the loose gambler will usually just call a wager rather than re-raise. On the other hand, in case you check to them, theyre a lot more likely to throw in a lot more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Location – Tight Opponents

This is the best time to try and do a semi-bluff, especially 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 might have to determine if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he’ll probably go away since he was attempting to steal the pot. When you believe he does, nicely then it’s time to compute your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Placement – Loose Opponents

This one is really a bit complicated, because it is tougher to put a loose gambler on a hand. And if your in late placement against loose player, odds are they have already bet. That is had been I usually determine to take a chance and arrive back over the top of them and pray they don’t call, and if they do, nicely then its time to gamble. Chances are although even a loose player will go away when you appear back strong enough.

Bear in mind though that these are moves I only produce immediately after the flop comes and I have a decent drawing hand (usually not a gutshot either). Perhaps 4 to the flush or the open ended straight, for example.


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