How to Play The Turn

Judging the strength of your poker hand

Before deciding on your move, you will need to determine how the turn card has changed the texture of the board. Lets take a look at a practicalpoker hand example:

You are in the big blind position, holding Js 10d. Only one other player, who you know to be extremely tight,  has called. The flop shows 7h 9h 8c, giving you the best possible straight on the flop. At the moment you are holding a very strong hand. You bet half the pot and your opponent calls.

The turn reveals a 10h. This considerably weakens your hand. Your 10 has been duplicated, making the best possible straight a Queen-high straight. There is also now a possible flush on the board.

The point is that just because you have a strong hand on the flop, you cannot cling onto it if the turn and river show unfavourable cards. At this point you will need to judge your opponent to make the correct decision.

However, if a blank card such as a 2s falls on the turn, you can be sure you are holding the nuts. Bet big and make it expensive for your opponent to see the river.

General Poker Tips: The Turn

Here are a few poker strategy hints to guide your play on the turn. However, remember that you should develop your own poker strategy as you accumulate more experience.

·       In a multi-way pot, it is mostly quite dangerous to play a flush or straight draw if the board pairs. You might already be drawing dead against a full-house. If the board pairs twice on the turn, you can be sure your flush or straight is no good.

·       If four cards of a suit have fallen by the turn, you cannot bet without at least holding a high flush or full-house.

·       In a multi-way pot, always bet your straight if there is a flush draw on the table. If another player someone bets, make sure you put in a healthy raise. This is no time to slow-play by smooth-calling. You do not want to give a player with a long-shot draw a free card.