NLHE 6-max: The Turn (2)
As described in the previous article, against a single opponent on the turn we can play our hand in various different ways. This gives us the opportunity to select the optimum strategy for the current opponent and thus maximize our chances of winning. Of course, the concepts explained in part 1 are not laws, and mixing up your game is itself a concept for long-term success.
In this article we want to look at playing hands out of position, how we can and must adapt our game to different opponents, and how we react to a raise on the turn when we were the pre-flop and flop aggressor.
Out of position
The guidelines for playing the turn in position also apply by and large when we're out of position. We continue betting our made hands and lots of semi-bluffs, but we now have difficult decisions to make if we're raised or called again. But more on that later.
Although when we're out of position it's still important to fire a second barrel on the turn on lots of boards. But we should fold our hand when it's clear that our opponent is not going to fold or when we can determine his hand within a narrow range, based on the current board. It is often the case that our hand can't improve or win a showdown (e.g. when our hand has no...