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Post-flop: How to Play Made Hands on the Turn

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In this article
  • finding the right line for the turn
  • how to react to donk bets and raises

After having learned the basic concepts of playing with made hands in the Evaluating Made Hands on the Flop article, you will now learn how to continue playing on the turn.

You will learn when to make a further bet on the turn, and how to react to donk bets and raises. We will look at examples of different concepts put to practice to give you a better feel for playing on the turn in general.

Which line should you play?



You've seen this graphic before in Evaluating Made Hands on the Flop

It is also used for playing on the turn. Raise/cap with a draw for value is no longer an option, however, since you will hardly ever have enough outs to hit on the river. You can, of course, raise with a draw as a semi-bluff, but we will not discuss this move in this article.

Your decision depends just as heavily on the strength of your hand on the turn as on the flop. However, you have to be more critical when asking yourself if you really do have the best hand. Some players may have paid to see the flop out of curiosity, but you will almost always find hands with some kind of strength, be it a draw or a made hand, once you make it to the turn. Keep this in mind when making your decision.

You are certain you have the best hand

The decision is easy in this case. Keep betting/raising (cap)! Just remember that you need at least two pair (and sometimes more!) before you can cap on the turn.

You probably have the best hand

You think you are ahead in most cases and bet for value and to protect your hand. Deciding to raise isn't as easy as on the flop, however, and depends heavily on how aggressive your opponent is.

You can usually bet/3-bet with top pair or an overpair on the flop, but should only continue to play such hands passively on the turn. You will learn how to evaluate your hand after a raise later in this article.

You could have the best hand

You see yourself ahead often enough to justify a bet, mainly to protect what you have. There are a lot of danger cards you don't want to see; you're going to make your opponent pay if he wants to see them. You are probably behind if you get raised, however, and only continue to play based on odds and outs.

You do not have the best hand

Your hand isn't good enough to win many showdowns. Protection doesn't matter any more. You'd like to see if the river helps as cheapy as possible. Your play is based purely on odds and outs.

Note: This article (and the graphic) addresses play with initiative!


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Comments (2)

#1 OriZ, 29 Apr 09 13:06

very good article. helps me a lot!

#2 juriati, 02 Mar 11 12:01