Texas Holdem Poker : Semi-Bluffing and Defensive Betting

It seems that most people are always talking about pre-flop strategy, so I’d like to talk a little bit about how I play after the flop. Maybe I can help others, or maybe they have some advice to improve my game.

I think two of the most important plays after the flop are the semi-bluff and the defensive bet. This is because these pieces do you do when you do not have struck his hand, but you have a good draw. It’s easy to play a hand when you flop a monster. But I think these two are the best way to play the drawing. Each of them plays depending on your opponent (s) and your position. So that’s how I play, so tell me what you think.

Early Position – Tight Opponents:

The semi-bluff works fairly well in this position. Come on out rate and if a tight player did not get a hand hell probably lay down, and if he’s not sure you can get the call. But be careful if it’s a tough player returns over it may be time to leave.

Early Position – Free Opponents

It was I like to do a defensive bet. Decide how many chips you are willing to take a chance on the draw and bet. It is usually much less than the normal rate. Its been my experience that a loose player, usually just call a bet, rather than re-raise. However, if you look at them, they are likely to throw in more chips than your willing to pay.

Late position – Tight Opponents

This is the best time to make a semi-bluff, especially if most of the table checks. If it is likely that you will win the pot case now. If a player has bet before you, you have to decide if he has a hand or not. If not, then re-raise hell and probably leave as he was trying to steal the pot. If you think it does, then it’s time to calculate the odds, and decide if the pot odds are worth the call.

Late position – Available Opponents

This one is a little more complicated, because it is difficult to put a loose player on a hand. And if your in late position against a loose player, chances are they have already put. It was, I usually decide to take a chance and get back on top of them, and I hope that they do not call, and if they do, well then its time to gamble. Most likely, though even a loose player will go, if you come back strong enough.

Remember, however, that these moves I just do after the flop comes and I have a decent draw (usually not a gutshot either). Maybe the four-flush or a two-way street, for example.


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