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Texas Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Wagering

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 following the flop. Maybe I can assist others, or possibly they have advice to enhance my play.

I think that 2 of the most essential plays following the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive wager. Which is because these are the plays you produce once you havent hit a hand except you’ve got a fine drawing hand. Its easy to wager on a hand whenever you flop a monster. But I believe that these 2 are the finest approaches to wager on a drawing. Each one is bet depending on you competition(s) and your postion. So here’s how I wager on it, so tell me what you think.

Early Location – Tight Competitors:

A semi-bluff works fairly well in this position. Come out wagering and if a tight gambler didn’t hit a hand he will most likely lay down, and if he’s unsure you may perhaps have a call. Except watch out, if that tight player comes back more than the best it may perhaps be time to get away.

Early Place – Loose Opponents

This really is were I like to accomplish a defensive wager. Determine how several chips you might be willing to chance on your draw and wager. This is normally a much lower bet than normal. It’s been my encounter that the loose player will usually just call a wager instead of re-raise. However, in case you check to them, theyre far more likely to throw in much more chips than your willing to pay.

Late Place – Tight Opponents

This really is the very best time to 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 player prior to has bet, you’ve to determine if he has a hand or not. If not, then reraise and he will possibly go away since he was trying to steal the pot. In case you think he does, well then it’s time to calculate your odds, and determine if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late Position – Loose Opponents

This one is a bit difficult, simply because it’s more difficult to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late place against loose gambler, odds are they have already bet. This really 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, properly then its time to wager. Odds are though even a loose gambler will go away in case you appear back strong enough.

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

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