The turn and river in poker

In our flop article, you've already learned about the first three community cards of the board and what might be waiting for you on that street. If you haven't read it, start with this, and then return to this article. Because here we are going to talk about the streets that await you after the flop - the turn and the river. We will tell you how the distribution is developing, what to look for at its different stages, as well as provide specific examples.

Flop, turn, river - in what order

Let's fix the basics again. So, in Texas Hold'em, each player is dealt 2 cards at the beginning of the deal. The first round of betting begins - preflop. If no one takes the pot preflop, the remaining players in the hand will see the flop and the second round of betting will begin. If there are no bets (all players check) or the bets are equal (someone bets and at least one player calls), the dealer will play the turn. And then, according to the same scheme - the last card, the river.

Thus, in the final of the hand, players will have 2 cards in their hands and 5 community cards of the board. The best 5 of these 7 cards make up a combination. The player with the strongest combination wins the deal. Or the one who takes the pot before the showdown - for example, bluffing.

How to play the turn correctly

The turn is considered to be the most difficult street to draw. Even experienced poker players often do not know how to play optimally on it, not to mention beginners. So be forewarned: this article alone won't make you a postflop master. But we'll show you what to look out for first.

First, remember what happened on the previous street - on the flop.

If you were the flop aggressor

Suppose you bet and get one or more calls, or raise your opponent's bet and get called. Therefore, the initiative is in your hands. After evaluating the flop, ask yourself if you want:

  • Get as many chips as possible?
  • Protect your hand?
  • Knock your opponent out of the hand?
  • Is it cheap to see the river?
  • Consider a pass?

Depending on which of the options seems to be correct, you will have to decide on the next steps. For example, if you are confident in the strength of your hand and strive to get as much as possible, choose a larger bet size. If you don't want to inflate the pot, you can try bet small or check-call. And if you understand that, most likely, you are behind and you will not be able to knock your opponent out of the bank, you should think about how to stop investing money in the distribution.

If you are without initiative

The flop is usually easy to pay. The bank is still small, and the rate is likely to be acceptable as well. Decisions on the turn are harder to make: there are already more chips in the center of the table, and the cost of seeing the river will often rise as well. If you get a bet on the turn, you (obviously) have three options:

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