Betting on the Turn Part I

If you have a hand that you believe is the current best hand, you should seriously consider betting on the Turn rather than trying for a check-raise. Going for a check-raise on the Turn is more dangerous because a free card has more value to players who are behind because the bet size on the Turn has doubled. Often players on a draw can call on the Flop with correct pot odds, but when the bet doubles on the Turn, they no longer have correct pot odds to call. If you bet on the Turn and they call when they are drawing without correct odds, then they are making a mistake. If you check and they get a free card to see the River, then you are the one making a mistake.

In late position, if other players have checked, you should bet even with a mediocre hand. Their check has signified they have weaker hands than you (although they could also be springing a trap with a check-raise if they suspect you will bet when checked to). If you get called on the Turn and you are worried you do not have the best hand, you will often be able to check it down on the River and show your hand.

In early position, if you think a late position player is on the draw, and you are likely to have the best hand at the moment, you should bet instead of trying for a check-raise. You can bet out on the Turn even if they had raised on the Flop as they may have been raising to get a free card on the Turn. This may be easier said than done, because in practice, you may not be sure if he has a draw or a made hand. In these spots, knowing your opponents and reading hands well will be a big advantage to you.

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