Hold em Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Gambling

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Seems like most individuals are generally talking about pre-flop system, so I wanted to talk a bit about how I play immediately after the flop. Maybe I can assist others, or perhaps they have advice to enhance my play.

I feel that 2 of the most essential plays immediately after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. That is because these are the plays you produce whenever you havent hit a hand except you have a great drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand when you flop a monster. Except I consider that these two are the greatest approaches to wager on a drawing. Each one is wagered depending on you opponent(s) and your postion. So here is how I play it, so tell me what you think.

Early Place – Tight Competitors:

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

Early Place – Loose Competitors

It is were I like to accomplish a defensive wager. Choose how quite a few chips you might be willing to chance on your draw and bet. This is usually a much lower bet than normal. It has been my encounter that the loose player will usually just call a bet instead of re-raise. Even so, should you check to them, theyre a lot more likely to throw in much more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Location – Tight Competitors

This is the greatest time to try and do a semi-bluff, specially if most of the table checks. If that is the case you’ll probaly pick up the pot now. If a gambler before has bet, you could have to determine if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will probably go away since he was trying to steal the pot. If you think he does, nicely then it is time to compute your odds, and choose if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Location – Loose Competitors

This one is often a bit challenging, simply because it is harder to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late location against loose player, chances are they have already bet. This can be were I usually choose to take a chance and arrive back more than the top of them and hope they don’t call, and if they do, nicely then its time to gamble. Chances are though even a loose player will go away in case you arrive back strong enough.

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

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