Limit Hold'em: The Turn old

In limit the turn is a decisive moment and has the reputation of being very difficult to play, because the bets are now twice as high as they were before the flop and on the flop. Mistakes on the turn therefore weigh more heavily than mistakes pre-flop and on the flop.

It is often correct to call a small bet on the flop with a marginal hand such as a gutshot or overcards and then to fold on the turn against a big bet. For this reason it's important that when we're the flop aggressor, we also bet on the turn, especially if we're playing against only a few opponents.  

When we're the aggressor and have a strong hand

In limit we will often raise pre-flop, hit a good flop and bet or raise on the flop. Then it's very important to remain aggressive on the turn, (almost) irrespective of the turn card, if we think that we still have the best hand.
When we're out of position, i.e. when we have to act before our opponents, we have two options:

  • a) Bet
This is the "normal" action. We ensure that all the other players have to call at least one bet in order to see the river card. As a rule of thumb we should always bet if we're unsure whether the other players will bet or not.
  • b) Check-raise

This is the riskier action. We can attempt to do this when we're sure...