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If your opponent keeps betting on the flop,Then the turn checks. What should you do?

Many players are used to betting with good cards on the flop. Then, when the turn is dealt, they check. This is always the case.

They choose to check because they don’t want to be raised on the turn or river.

I find this habit very common in low stakes poker. This kind of loophole is not so common if you hit a bet on poker.

In any case, this is worth exploring, as some middle stakes and high stakes tables have attracted many players who have retained this behavior in their game plans.


If you want to go further, watching how your opponents play is the highest poker skill you can follow.

In the following scenario, you play against a few regular players and a new face (we call him Player X) in an infinite Texas Hold’em game.

We don’t know anything about player X. So you need to keep an eye on him and try to remember his style of play

We don’t know anything about player X. So you need to keep an eye on him and try to remember his style of play

■ Player X holds AT and the flop is A-8-4.

■ Player X bets on the flop, and two players call.

■ A 3 is issued on the turn.

■ Player X check.

■ Player X calls immediately after a player bets.

■ On the river, player X checks-calls again.

■ Player X shows AT at the showdown.

From the above description alone, player X seems to be a “weak” or “weak-tight” player.

But is this assumption correct?

What if this is a recurring action? What if more observations will help you figure out a pattern that gives you valuable insights about your opponent’s hole cards and game style?

To explore if this is an isolated incident, you lock player X and observe how he plays in the same situation in subsequent hands.

If this pattern of behavior continues, then it’s time to deploy the right poker strategy to exploit his weaknesses and use this recognition as your strength.

Why did he do that?

Keep in mind the motivation for this behavior.

If he is weak, he won’t bet the turn check just because he gave up bluffing or thought he was flopped on the turn.

He was afraid to be raised on the turn or river on which the bet amount doubled.

Therefore, he checks with the intention of calling until the showdown. It’s often that simple.

How to fight this type of opponent?

Every time you find yourself sitting at the table where Player X is, you should use your observations and discoveries to implement two important changes to your game plan.

First, you can call with more edge cards before turning. In fact, you can do that on the flop when you are sitting in the back position and he is sitting in your two or three positions.

Let’s look at an example.

If you hold 67o in the back position, you should probably not play this hand unless a large multiplayer pot is possible.

However, if this is a medium-sized pot and player X rolls in and calls, you should probably call.

If you hit any draw on the flop, chances are that this opponent will give you a free card on the turn.

This is why you can play more draws against such opponents, even if your draws are not very good.

Need another example?

Suppose there are five callers before the turn, including you and this opponent, and you hold 67o.

The flop was K-8-4, the previous player checked, and this opponent bet.

Therefore, in order to win six small bets in the pot you must call one small bet.

In addition, one or two opponents may call behind you on the flop. But let’s assume you only have a 6: 1 odds on the flop.

Should you call?

The chance of hitting a 5 on the turn or river is 1/5.

However, if you don’t hit 5 on the turn, you may fold, even if you call on the flop.

The probability of you hitting a 5 on the river is 1/10, and you may not get such odds on the turn.

So if you miss the turn you won’t continue to watch the river, you are just calling to see if you can hit a 5 on the turn.

Therefore, the only important probability is the probability of hitting a 5 on the turn.

Because the probability of you hitting a 5 on the turn is about 1/10, you don’t get the correct price to call on the flop.

However, if you know that your opponent will check on the turn after betting on the flop and give you a free card, you should call on the flop anyway.

The probability of hitting a 5 on the turn or river is about 1/5 (or 5: 1 odds) and because you will see two cards at the price of the flop call, you can Accept this 5: 1 odds because you get 6: 1 odds, not to mention the huge potential pot odds and some front-position opponents will call behind you, increasing the possibility of your pot odds Sex.

Based on the same reasoning, this method has three considerations.

  • If that particular opponent bets again on the turn, you must fold. If the opponent is unstable (or becomes unstable) with “fake on the flop and check on the turn”, you must discard this strategy.
  • If another player at the table, like you, notices that opponent ’s behavioral pattern, and starts to mess up your plan with check-raise on the flop and betting on the turn to disadvantage, you flash to the side. Waiting for the right time. This player can further weaken a particular opponent, resulting in more free cards in subsequent hands.
  • This strategy is not so effective if the opponent is in the front position. If he bets on the flop and then checks on the turn, players in the middle and back positions between you and him may frequently bet on the turn, disrupting your free hand strategy.

You should also never bluff or semi-bluff on such opponents on the turn.

In my experience, I have earned far more chips from the player who gave me free cards than I won through semi-bluffing.

This goes back to his motivation: he has a good hand, but to avoid being raised when the bet is doubled, he checks on the turn.

Therefore, he intends to call all the way to the showdown, and it is likely that he has a hand sufficient to do that. Don’t bluff a caller


When did you play this game?

Finally, when you heads-up with a reasonably good hand and a crazy hand, you should use this flop bet and turn check strategy.

Suppose the flop is A-8-6. If you bet on the turn, he may raise. In this case, you should just check-call on the turn and river.

By doing so, you avoid losing big bets when you are really behind, and you are prevented from being pushed out of the pot by your opponent.

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