Having a proper turn strategy is important in poker as it will make and save you money. The majority of decent poker players make mistakes by either not betting enough, or calling re-raises on the turn, which can be extremely damaging to their bankrolls.
There are three very important situations to keep in mind when playing the turn as they will affect the payout you receive for a hand:
- Your Opponent Re-Raises - I would say that 95% of the time when you are re-raised on the turn, you're beat. One of the biggest mistakes that amateur players make is to continue calling to see the other player's cards because they feel somewhat pot committed on the turn.
- You Bet The Turn Too Weakly - With a good hand, you want to place a decent bet on the turn so that your opponent is forced to make a bad call. In a No-Limit game, the turn is where you should get your opponent pot committed and ready to go all-in.
- You Bet The Turn Too Hard - Betting the turn too hard is definitely better than too soft. However, the point of the game is to get as much money from the opposing players as possible, and a huge bet on the turn will usually scare the other player away. Know the player and bet accordingly.
These are just the most common situations that can come up on the turn. The best guide for any turn situation is to step on the gas at the turn when you have a good hand and fold at the turn when you have a marginal hand. This will help keep you from getting pot committed on a bad hand and hopefully pot commit your opponent so you get their all-in. The more often you can do that, the more profit you'll rake in.
See you at the tables.