Playing the Turn in Texas Hold’em

So you make a continuation bet on the flop, but you get called. Now you are in quite a difficult situation if you haven’t got a decent hand, and you need to quickly develop a plan for the rest of the hand, depending on what card comes on the turn. Hopefully this article will give you a better overall understanding of how you should play the turn in texas hold’em.

Double-barrelling is one of the considerations that texas hold’em players will have to consider on the turn, and one of the plays you will see frequently made in online poker games. It doesn’t fall in the same category as a continuation bet, as most players expect the pre-flop aggressor to continue on the flop, but if this bet gets called, then the original raiser has start suspecting their opponents have something.

Whether or not you should continue with an aggressive bet on the turn really depends on several factors. It can be a great play or terribly depending on the situation and the players you are playing against. You will need a good understanding of the game and you have to understand the second barrel is not as easy as it seems.

Whilst the flop continuation bet is a low risk play, you are risking a much greater percentage of your stack when you make a decent sized bet on the turn that will force an opponent to consider folding, and so you really want to be sure that you make the right choice.

If you do not have a plan of what you’re going to do after the flop and you’re just continuation betting hoping for the best, then you are going to be in the world of hurt when it comes to deciding what you should do on the turn.

Here are the basics of successful double-barrelling the turn in texas hold’em in an attempt to take down the dead money:

1. There is a time and place for aggression. Don’t attempt barrelling against calling stations.

2. You should always try and have decent equity when considering a double barrel.

3. A scare card that can realistically hit your range and scare your opponents can be good cards to double barrel. Not only does your opponent have to consider calling this large bet, they will have to worry about calling other large bets on the river.

Knowing your opponents is always very important when it comes to deciding whether you should continue to represent a big hand on the turn when you have nothing.

Going for the double barrel when you improve on the turn will be a good idea. You want to build a bigger pot when you can expect worse hands to call. Nothing more really need to be said regarding this, it speaks for itself.

Double barrel against calling stations isn’t profitable because these kinds of opponents don’t like to fold, so trying to attempt it on a regular basis can lead to disastrous consequences for your poker bankroll.

If you know that your opponent is capable of floating the flop, then it can be good to continue the aggression on the turn. When playing against such opponents, continuation betting when you’ve missed would be a bad strategy, as these players will look to call your flop bets to try and take away the pot from you on the turn.

If you know that an opponent only continues after the flop unless they a premium hand this knowledge can help you. If you know the player is tight, then you can shut down on the turn, as you know they will have a strong hand that probably isn’t folding.

When considering bluffing on the turn it’s much better to do it when semi-bluffing as you still have a shot at winning the hand even when you get called. This also means your second barrel will not have to work as often, since you have decent equity in the hand the times you get called. When you get called and hit your draw on the river, there’s a very good chance of getting paid off, since your opponent has a strong hand, and will think you are bluffing.

Try to avoid playing the turn in texas hold’em aggressively when the turn card is a brick that doesn’t change the board at all. If an opponent liked their hand on the flop and the board doesn’t change, if they thought they were good on the flop they have no reason to think they no longer have the best hand, and chances are they are going to call another bet on the turn.

Like previously mentioned, suitable turn cards for the second barrel are scare cards such as cards that are higher than every board card, since even if the opponent had a top pair hand on the flop, they are not liking their hand as much on the turn. A lot of the time, they will have an even weaker hand, which can’t call a big bet.