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Bet Flop, Check/Raise Turn With Initiative
IntroductionIn this article
- The goals of this line
- Why this is not a standard line
You will often end up being forced to make a decision out of position in short handed games when you raised before the flop and were called by a single opponent on the flop.
This situation usually arises when you raise first-in from the Small Blind or when you are in a blind position and isolate a limper.
In this given situation, you have six possible betting sequences on the turn:
As you are the aggressor, you will be betting yourself most of the time. If you check, this usually means one out of two things:
- you are giving up the hand and intend to fold to a bet
- you want to avoid a raise, but intend to call any bet
If these two reasons were the only ones to check on the turn, an observing opponent could quickly realize that a check on the turn automatically is a sign of weakness - he could then start exploiting this by making bluff calls* on the flop or by betting medium strong hands for value.
That's why you have to make sure he can't always interpret a check on the turn as weakness by balancing your checks on the turn with check/raises, usually for value, but from time to time as a bluff, too.
You can also use this line against weaker opponents. In this case, you aren't check/raising to balance your lines, but to maximize your value.
In this article, we will discuss the conditions and use of the line: bet flop, check/raise turn with initiative.
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