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StrategyWeekly No Limit

Bet Turn for Free Showdown (1) - Basic Ideas

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Turn play is one of the most difficult aspects in No Limit Hold'em. There are many mistakes that you can make and therefore many ways to force your opponent into mistakes.

In the three parts of this column, you will find out when and against what kind of opponent you can consider betting the turn for free showdown.

What is a bet for free showdown?

EXAMPLE 1:

PartyPoker $25 NL Hold'em (6-handed)

Stacks & Stats
UTG ($25)
MP ($25)
CO ($25)
Hero ($25)
SB ($25)
BB ($25)

Preflop: Hero is BU with 6 , 6
2 folds, CO raises $1.00, Hero calls $1.00, 2 folds

Flop: ($2.35) 3, 4, 7 (2 players)
CO bets $1.50, Hero calls $1.50

Turn: ($5.35) 8 (2 players)
CO checks, Hero bets $3.25

A turn bet for free showdown means that you value bet on the turn in position, hoping that a weaker hand will call. If your opponent calls and checks to you on the river, you can check behind and take a free showdown, since this spot might be too marginal for another value bet.

EXAMPLE 2:

PartyPoker $25 NL Hold'em (6-handed)

Stacks & Stats
UTG ($25)
MP ($25)
CO ($25)
Hero ($25)
SB ($25)
BB ($25)

Preflop: Hero is BU with 6 , 6
2 folds, CO raises $1.00, Hero calls $1.00, 2 folds

Flop: ($2.35) 3, 4, 7 (2 players)
CO bets $1.50, Hero calls $1.50

Turn: ($5.35) 8 (2 players)
CO checks, Hero bets $3.25. CO calls $3.25

River: ($5.35) Q (2 players)
CO checks, Hero checks

 

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