How To Check Raise The Turn
For you to be check raising on the Turn or any other street, you need to be in early position. The most likely scenario for this is when you are raised by another player when you are in the small or big blind. To consider check raising on the Turn you need to consider the betting action that occurred pre flop and post flop. To be a successful, skilled and winning poker player, you need to be able to build up a store house of knowledge about the other players that you are playing with and be able to integrate this information into the betting action that has taken place on the previous streets.
Check Raising the Turn for Pot Control
If you allow an aggressive player in late position to bet into you pre flop, post flop and on the Turn, then you are letting him completely control the betting action. If this player is playing his position instead of his hand then with a check raise on the Turn you can switch control of the betting action to yourself.
Check Raising the Turn on a draw or with nothing
One of the many things that you need to consider here is how the other player has been running. If you are up against a player that has been getting a lot of his hands cracked recently and the Turn brought a “Scare” card, a card that could have made you a flush, straight, or another better hand, then by check raising him on the Turn he may be thinking that it just happened to him again. In this situation, of course, this is exactly what you want him to think, that someone drew out on him yet again. Hopefully with your check raise on the Turn the other player will just throw his hand away in disgust thinking that yet again his excellent starting hand that he played perfectly was cracked by another stupid donkey that drew out on him. The game of successful poker is not about looking good, it is about winning. So if, by him thinking that you are another idiot that drew out on him again, you win the pot with a check raise on the Turn, then that is absolutely great.
Check Raising the Turn to take down the pot
The majority of times when a player check raises on any street, they have a powerful hand. Because of this check raising on the turn is a powerful move that makes you represent a very powerful hand. Unless you have the absolute nuts then it is always better to take down the pot right then and there, so check raising on the Turn is a very viable option. By doing this all of the time it will make it be very costly and ineffective proposition so you must use this technique judiciously.
Check Raising the Turn in preparation for the River
When you check raise on the turn there are 3 possible outcomes. The other player can fold in which case you take down the pot right then, the other player can raise you back, or the other player can call. If the other player raises you back you then have the choice of calling, folding, or re-raising, and this will depend on how aggressive the other player has proven himself to be and the hand that you hold. If you believe that you can not win this pot in a show down then, at this point, you should probably just fold and save some chips. If you have a really good hand and/or a hand that can improve on the River, then you may want to just call to see what the River brings with the intention of check calling on the River if you do not improve. The third scenario is that you either believe that you have a better hand than the other player or that he is the type of aggressive player that would 3 bet because of his position. You can call and see what develops on the River or you can 4 bet. If the other player 5 bets then you have a pretty good idea of where you stand in the hand.