Texas Holdem Poker Strategy – Playing the Turn Card

Therehavebeenmanyarticleswrittenabouthowtoplayyourcardspre-flopandalsoaftertheflopbutfewdetailhowyourcardsshouldbeplayedintheotherbettingroundsplayingtheturncard。

ThisarticleisbasedaroundmakingthecorrectplayorpokerstrategywhenplayingtheturncardwhichtakesplaceinthethirdroundofbettinginahandofTexasHoldempoker。

TheturnismoreexpensivethanthepreviousroundsofbettingwhenplayingpokerandespeciallyinNoLimitHoldemyou’llneedtocommitmuchmoretothepottostayinthehandsoitmakessensetohavesomeideaofhowbesttoplaytheserounds。

Firstoffletshaveaquicklookandwheretheturncardcomesintoplayandtheamountsofmoneyinvolved。

Ifyou’renotabeginnerthenyoucanskipthenextfewparagraphs。

Asaquickoverview,letsexaminetheroundsofcardsdealtinagameofTexasHoldemrules。

Firstyouwillbedealttwocardscalledtheholecardsandaroundofbettingorfoldingtakesplace。

Thenthethreecardflopisdealt。

Followingthis,onecardisdealtforthe?

turnandfinallytherivercardislaidonthetable。

InagameoflimitTexasHoldempoker,inthisexamplewe’llsaya$2/$4game,thefirsttwobettingrounds,eitherbettingorraising,arefor$2andthelasttwoarefor$4。

Youcanseefromthisthatthebettingontheturnandrivercardsismoreexpensiveandyou’llhavetobeconfidentifyouwanttocontinue。

PlayingtheTurnCardPokerStrategy

We’llhavealookatthehandsyoumayhavenowandhowtheyshouldbeplayedaftertheturncardisdealt。

GutshotStraights:Lotsofhandsareworthacallontheflopthatshouldbefoldedontheturniftheydontimprove。

Letssayyouvegot9/10ina$2/$4gameandtheflopis3-7-J。

Sincetheflopbetisstill$2,itsusuallythecorrectdecisiontocallonebetasyoulookforthe9(theoddsofhittinga9are11to1)。

Remember,therewillbethosetimeswhenyoupayyour$2,missontheturnandtheneverybodychecksthere。

Inthosecases,youllgettoseetwocardsforfivedollars。

Butifyoumissontheturnandsomebodybetsthe$4,youwonthityourinsidestraightoftenenoughtocoverthattendollars。

Nowyouvegottofold。

Youmightalsobetyour$2andgetre-raised,inthiscasetheotherplayerprobablyhasamadehandanditsbesttofold。

DoubleGutShotDraws:Sometimes,withtheexacthandabove,theturncardwillbeanKing。

Nowyoucanmakeastraightwitheithera8oraQueenmakingadoublegutshotdraw。

Insteadofjusthavingfouroutstomakeyourhand,younowhaveeight。

Thistime,aslongastheresnotalreadyapaironboardorthreesuitedcards,youshouldcalltheturnbetfor$4,itsa5to1play。

SecondPair:WhentheflopcomesK-9-3tothatsame9/10inthehole。

Iftheresabetmadebyanotherplayerthenthechancesarethattheyhavethetoppair。

Yoursecondpairprobablywontcutitbut$2maybecheapenoughtoplaytotheturncard,obviouslytakeyouropponentsplayingsytleintoaccount。

Youmayhittwopairsoratriplesetof9sbutifyoutheturncardisntenoughtobuildthestrenghtofyourhandthenitsnotworthriskinga$4betchasingthestraight。

Thechancesarejusttoolowofhittingthecorrectcardconsistantlysofoldthehandnow。

Overturned:Whataboutwhenyouflopa2-5-10toyour9/10pocketcards?

YouhavetoppairandthentheturncardcomesanditsaAce!

Ifthishappensyoureallyhavetothinkabouttheotherplayerandhispositions。

Ifyouropponentisasolidplayerandhessittingjustinfrontofyouatthetable,thenassumehehastheotherAceandfoldthehand。

Ifyoucheckandyouropponentisbehindyoubuthasbettedthenconsiderwhathisstrategyis。

Alooseplayermaybecalledatthispointbutatightplayingopponentmaywellhavethetoppairandtherereallyisnopointchasingdeadmoney。

Playtowardsfoldingthishandunlessyoureallyfeelthatyouropponentisbluffingandtryingtoforceyouoffthetablewithnothing。

TwoOvercards:Whatshouldyouplayifyouhavetwodecentsizescards,say,K/Qandtheflopisalllowunder-cards,say3-5-9?

Payingyour$2ontheflopisafairlyeasybettomakeifyouthinkyouropponentshaventpaired,remembertowatchtheirplayingstyles?

Wellassumethattheturncardcomesandisnohelptoyou,wellalsoassumethatyoudontthinkitshelpedyouropponent?

Willyoucallwhenplayingtheturncardandpay$4withthechancesofhittingtoppairontherivercard?

Beforemakingyourmindup,areyouinalateposition?

Ifnobodyelsehasbetinfrontofyouandthereforeyourassumingthatatbestitsalowpairthatyoureupagainst,youmightwanttoplaythisone?

Atthispoint,itsreallysomeonehittingastraightoraflushthatshouldconcernyoumostthough,ifyouthinkthecardsarentstackingupforabiggerhandlikethese,thenyoumightwanttoplaytheturncardandbetout。

Itmayforcetheotherhandsoutofthepot?

Howeverifyourecalled,thenyoureallyneedtohitthattoppairtostayinwithanychancesofwinning。

Foldifyourenotsureyouhavethebesthand。