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[Quiz] The Preflop Raiser Checks Back… What’s Your Play on the Turn?

To probe or not to probe — that is the question.

The following 10 hand questions take place on the turn after the preflop aggressor checked back on the flop. This is a super common spot that you need to understand if you want to succeed in poker. 

Want to study this situation before taking the quiz? Read our guide Probe Bets: How to Play Turns When the Preflop Raiser Checks Back.

Note: Keep in mind that a ‘wrong’ answer doesn’t mean your choice is necessarily bad — rather, it’s either not the highest EV (expected value) action, or it shouldn’t be the most frequently chosen action (according to solvers).

Good luck!

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Question #1

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with K 9
UTG folds. MP raises to $12.5. 3 folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): K♠ 9 4♠
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): 5
Hero...?

Correct! Wrong!

You should usually check-raise when you're at the top of your range, as this allows you to win the most amount of chips in the long run.

Additionally, check-raising for value allows you to check-raise as a bluff with hands you would otherwise fold, which expands your overall defense range. If you don't have a value check-raising range, you're going to end up check-folding a lot more often and your opponent will practically print money with his delay c-bets.

Question #2

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with T♠ 9
3 folds. BU raises to $12.5. SB folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): 8 5♠ 4
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): T
Hero...?

Correct! Wrong!

With a vulnerable top pair that is too strong to check but not strong enough to check-raise for value, probing is the best option.

Question #3

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with 3♠ 2♠
3 folds. BU raises to $12.5. SB folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): J♠ 9 7♠
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): K
Hero...?

Correct! Wrong!

A flush draw with no showdown value is the perfect hand to probe with as a bluff.

Question #4

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with Q♠ 7♠
UTG folds. MP raises to $12.5. 3 folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): K♣ J 6♣
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): 7
Hero...?

Correct! Wrong!

This medium strength hand is too weak to probe bet or check-raise for value, but it's also too strong to check-fold. Check-calling is thus the best option.

Question #5

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with J T♣
3 folds. BU raises to $12.5. SB folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): A♠ 8 2♠
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): 9
Hero...?

Please select 3 correct answers

Correct! Wrong!

An open-ended straight draw with no showdown value would usually be an easy probe hand, but having two overcards to middle pair makes check-calling or check-raising equally good choices.

When you probe or check-call and hit a pair on the river, your hand is easily strong enough to check-call -- that's what makes this hand different from other open-enders (like 76).

So, this type of hand can be a check-raise, check-call, or probe. (Shoutout to Doug Polk.)

Question #6

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with A♥ J
2 folds. CO raises to $12.5. 2 folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): K♠ 9 7♠
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): 6
Hero...?

Correct! Wrong!

Your hand has some showdown value, but it isn’t drawing to a strong hand. So, it’s too weak to check-call, doesn’t have the properties needed to check-raise as a bluff (i.e., blockers and/or outs), and probing destroys its showdown value. Thus, check-folding is the best option.

Question #7

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with K 6
UTG folds. MP raises to $12.5. 3 folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): A♠ 8 6♠
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): 8
Hero...?

Correct! Wrong!

This medium strength hand is too weak to probe bet or check-raise for value, but its also too strong to check-fold. Check-calling is the best option by process of elimination.

Question #8

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with 8 8
UTG folds. MP raises to $12.5. 3 folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): A Q 8♣
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): 5
Hero...?

Correct! Wrong!

Here, again, you want to check-raise since you are at the top of your range. This allows you to win the most chips in the long run. As a positive side effect, you will be able to expand your overall defense range versus a bet because you can check-raise bluff some hands that you'd otherwise have to check-fold.

Question #9

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with T♣ 6♣
UTG folds. MP raises to $12.5. 3 folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): T 8♦ 6
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): K
Hero...?

Correct! Wrong!

Our hand is not strong enough to value-bet twice or check-raise for value. That said, it’s too high up in our range to fold because, by doing so, we would end up check-folding at a very exploitable rate. Thus the only remaining option is to check-call.

Question #10

Online $2/$5. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $500.

Hero is in the BB with J 7
UTG folds. MP raises to $12.5. 3 folds. Hero calls.

Flop ($27): J 4♣ 4♠
Hero checks. MP checks.

Turn ($27): T♠
Hero...?

Correct! Wrong!

Our opponent should be c-betting with most of his bluffs on this very dry flop, which means he likely has a showdown value-driven check back range. Also, we're going to have to check and fold often, here, because many of our hands have completely missed. For these reasons, we should check back with some strong hands (like J7) to protect the rest of our checking range.

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