What is ‘Turncard’?
Turncard or ‘The Turn’ or alternatively ‘The Turn Card’ is one of the community cards that is used in many variants of poker including Texas Hold’em. As the fourth community card to be revealed, the turncard has the potential to drastically change the state of play. Quite regularly, a player may be leading after the flop, only to find themselves lagging behind the rest of the table once the turncard has been revealed.
The turncard is dealt face up by the dealer after the round of betting which follows on from the flop. Once the round of betting which comes after the turncard has been completed, the dealer will go on to deal the final community card which is called the river. If there are still players involved in the hand after the river, then one last betting round will take place before the winner can be determined.
Experienced players generally advise that players should have a decent hand if they are still involved in the game by the time the turncard is shown. Occasionally, a player who is trying to bluff or ‘snow job’ their way to the pot, will stay involved for the turn despite not having a strong hand. Most of the time, however, a player will believe that their hand has a strong chance of securing the pot if they continue to call or raise before or after the turn card.
If a player has shown themselves to be conservative or ‘tight’ throughout the game, it can generally be assumed that if they are still betting after the turn, they will have a very strong hand. With aggressive and loose players, however, it will be harder to determine what kind of hand they are holding. Aggressive players will have a tendency to bet big after the turn in an attempt to make the other players fold, especially if they suspect that their hand is not as strong as some of their opponents.
Regardless of a player’s strategy, one aspect that most experts agree on is that the turncard tends to define the game more than any of the other community cards. Whilst some players may decide to try their luck if the flop hasn’t gone their way in the hope of hitting a card on the turn, far fewer players will bet again to stick around for the river if the turn has also gone against them.