No-Limit Hold'em: BSS - The Turn (1)

The turn is the fourth community card, i.e. we now have six out of a total of seven cards available to form a hand. At this point in the game, draws are worth much less, while made hands have become much stronger.

It is very difficult to make the right decision on the turn, and mastering this can make the difference between a winning or a losing player. The pots become bigger, which means that irrespective of whether we play passively or aggressively, every action has a huge effect on our winning rate.

We have now reached a point in the game where it makes little sense to explain every potential situation from a theoretical point of view. Concepts are required to demonstrate in as much detail as possible the various ways that a player can reach the turn. This article will deal with precisely these concepts, which will be demonstrated using examples.

The concepts

There are five basic concepts that influence our decisions on the turn:

  1. Maximizing the value of our hand
  2. Pot control
  3. Bluffs (multiple barrels)
  4. Playing draws
  5. Semi-bluffing

These concepts will now be discussed in detail below.

1. Maximizing the value of our hand

Aggression is not only a key to success pre-flop and on the flop, but also on the turn. Two principles determine our...