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Poker Players Leading on the Flop and Turn

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Poker | Leading on the Flop and Turn

Often known as Donk-Betting, leading is an act where you make the first bet from out of position when you are not the original raiser.

It is a move that is less common than the continuation bet, but nonetheless can be very effective. Here are two examples of:

Example 1: The action folds around to the player on the button and he makes standard raise. The small blind folds and you decide to call holding [Kx] [Qx].

The flop is [Kx] [5x] [4x] and you decided to check-call the flop continuation bet. The turn is the [6x] and this is now a good time to lead.

The board has increased the likelihood of straight draws and so it is a good idea to bet for protection. This line also looks like a bluff and so your opponent may call with a worse hand, such as a pair of nines or tens.

Example 2: The action folds around the player in the cut off, who raises, and you make the call from the big blind holding pocket eights. The flop is [Tx] [4x] [5x] and you lead for three-quarters of the pot.

This lead is designed to protect your hand and to prevent your opponent making moves with air. It is so difficult to play a hand like this out of position and, therefore, the best approach is to get the work done on the flop.

Two great examples of where leading is the best play of choice – worth remembering, if you intend to participate in the Betfair Poker Summer Slam competition.

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Last Updated 19 June 2017
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