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Playing The Turn In NLHE

In No Limit Hold Em, you are often working hard to set up your plays, making the perfect pre flop bets, and playing your opponent like a fiddle on the flop. Then the turn hits the felt and you end up in a sticky situation. The turn is one of the most misplayed streets in poker, and is also the most important, as you already have chips in the pot, and will usually be faced with some sort of decision. Staying out of sticky situations on the turn is very important.


If you are playing with an over pair, or top pair top kicker, and the turn provides neither a flush card or a straight card, you can keep betting with confidence. With the board showing straight and or flush draws, you are going to probably get re-raised if your opponent is holding a set, two pair, or a bigger over pair. You are going to have to decide what your opponents range is, and folding is a pretty good option here.


If you are the one holding pocket Aces, or a set, and think your opponent missed their draw on the turn, or is holding a hand like top pair, you want to apply pressure and possibly make them decide if they want to shove their whole stack into the pot. The hope here is that there is enough money in the pot already and you are going to force those drawing hands to muck. DO NOT give your opponents good enough odds to play their drawing hands.


When you are holding a straight or flush draw, it is imperative that you are getting the right odds to call a bet for a large portion of your chips on the turn. If you are holding a flush draw, an open ender, or a double gut shot straight draw, the odds of making your hand are a little smaller than four to one. In order for you to get the odds you need to call a bet here, you are going to want to see more than four times the amount of the bet in the pot already. You can add any money you will make on the river if you make your hand, but that is not guaranteed. Basically, if you are holding a drawing hand, and are faced with a $20 bet, there must be at least $80 in the pot to make it the right play.


The turn can also be used to play a semi-bluff in the right situation. If you are getting a good read on your opponent, and feel he is laying down most hands here, or calling with a hand you will beat if you draw out, then shoving can be a profitable play here. You need to be sure your odds of winning the hand make it profitable if he calls, as well as knowing how often your opponent will simply fold. Be very careful with non-nut straight and flush draws, as someone could be calling you with a bigger drawing hand, and if they hit, you are drawing dead. You must be able to process all of the information about your opponents in order for a semi-bluff to work, but this can be an ideal situation to use it to gain some chips.


laying the turn will often be determined about how you played before it. You also need to realize how other players at the table see you, and play accordingly. Something you can do to make your turn decisions easier is to think ahead as soon as the flop hits, figure out what your odds might be, and play every hand for maximum profit.

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