Handling the Turn
There are a lot of different things going on in a hand of Texas Hold’em. There are different situations both on the streets preflop and flop that you will see a lot and pick up quickly. The turn card is what starts to make the hand get a little deeper into the thought process. There are a lot of different mathematical processes that you need to go through in order to decide your play on the turn. It is the most deciding factor in the micro limits because you see unique things happen here a lot.
With the turn card being exposed there is only one card remaining to come. For some players this means give up on draws if you missed and for others it means you have to shove all in because you already have some money in it. There are some players who habitually slow play as soon as their draw comes in on the turn trying to trap their opponent and there are some who will just go all in immediately when their draw comes in. Being observant of this before you are in a hand against an opponent can save you a lot of money and heart ache in the long run.
Draws on the Turn
The turn makes a huge difference for draws because the math is significantly changed when there is only one card to come that can make the draw come in. There is a rule of 4 and 2. On the flop you can multiply your number of outs by 4 and figure out the percentage of times that you will hit. With this being said once the turn card comes those odds drop down by half!
If you think that your opponent is on a flush draw they will hit their hand 33% of the time. You have to bet accordingly when they have that draw so that even when they do hit they are losing money because they paid so much to chase other times and missed. If they are getting 3-1 odds then they are break even. You want to give them fewer odds than that on the flop so that you win money in the long run. On the turn players tend to either continue chasing or just leave it. Regardless how the player plays on the turn you can either bet and get them to fold or bet and get them to call when they are not getting close to the correct pot odds to call.
Obvious Line on Turn
There are a few plays that are pretty standard on the turn. Knowing these for yourself can not only win you some extra money in a few pots, but can also save you some money as well. The turn is normally where you have the opportunity to get the majority of your money in or build the pot so that you can get the rest of your stack all in on the river. You can use this to stack fish at Cake Poker where you can get a 100% on up to $500 first time deposit bonus if you sign up at…
If you are up against an opponent that you have played with a few times and you know they like to call you down to the river you need to set up each street so that when you go all in on the river it isn’t an over bet. Even if they will normally call a bigger bet on the river, you can set it up so that bigger bet is getting their whole stack. The more you can get from them the better.
If the player is the type who likes to call on the flop no matter what and then bet the turn if the aggressor doesn’t then a check/raise all in works here if they have position on you. Normally the pot will be large enough that their bet on the turn will make them feel pot committed and call with nearly anything. You only want to do this when you actually have a hand because with how this play works it is to make your opponent feel like they have to call. If a weak opponent check/raises you all in on the turn then you need to fold unless you have a monster hand. This is normally a sign that they hold one as well.
A double barrel is when you continuation bet and then bet again on the turn unimproved. This is a spot that a lot of players like to put themselves in because they know aggression is good but don’t really understand what they are doing.
When you double barrel you need to make sure that it looks like you were just continuation betting on the flop and have hit on the turn with your over cards. If the board is something like T82 and then the turn card is a K then you are in a great spot double barrel. To your opponent they will think that since you are betting again instead of continuation betting and giving up that you indeed did hit your K on the turn and will fold.
Sometimes players will get carried away with this and take it too far. They will let themselves get caught up in the fact that they had AK and hit on the turn even though it completed and obvious draw. One thing that you have to realize is that if you do this and get called you are probably beat. Your opponent obviously sees that the higher card has come out so if they call you can guarantee that you are done with the hand.