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Texas Hold'em Poker Turn Strategy

Let's get right into teaching you how to play according to the best Hold'em poker turn strategy. This is a direct continuation of the flop strategy guide, so if you haven’t read it yet check it also out.

To win more Hold'em poker games, you need to take advantage of the other players mistakes. This is the basis of every good poker turn strategy and with this we will start your poker training.

During the Hold'em poker turn, the most common mistake players make is to continue playing not because they have a strong hand, but because of a sort of inertia. Players continue to call bets in order to "see another card", or to follow up until the showdown, because they have already "gone this far". These are the excuses that players use to justify this turn strategy, even though it is a destructive one.

The strategy rule you should learn from this is: Bet aggressively during the turn if you think you have the best hand, call with rather strong hands, and don't hesitate to fold with poor hands.

Here are some more vital Hold'em poker turn strategies that are useful to keep in mind:

  • Avoid checking when you have strong hands. as a means of fooling your opponent. Most non-professional games are played for low stakes, and this means that most times checking good hands won't have an affect other than losing the raises you could have made.
  • Do not try to bluff players that will always call you. Some beginner players want to try and bluff as a turn strategy, because they want to play like in the movies, but in most cases it's not effective. In fact it is of the more common beginner mistakes in Hold'em poker.
  • Avoid raising with weak hands. This is often used by players in order to fool others into thinking they have better hands. With this Hold'em poker turn strategy you will more often than not get followed through to the showdown, just as an attempt to call your bluff. Players perceive moves like that as dares, and this is why it almost always fails to work.

David Hunt - Poker Strategist