The evolutionary growth of poker is quite absorbing. There was a time when a three-bet signified aces, kings or apparent madness, and yet these days it could mean anyone of the 1,326 possible combinations. In recent times poker Darwinism also dictated that if an opponent raised pre flop then you should let them make a continuation bet on the flop. Once again this landscape is changing and now the betting lead is much more popular. The betting lead, more affectionately known as the donk-bet, is when you lead with the first bet despite NOT being the pre flop raiser. There are plenty of strategies that help you find the best spots to pull this move out of your arsenal, but what do you do if they call and you find yourself on the turn?
The first thing you need to remember is the range of hands that you would likely be leading with. Your actual hand is important, but when you miss the flop your range of hands becomes the vital aspect of thinking. If you have whiffed the flop then you need to bet again at the sight of a scare card on the turn. If the flop contained a flush draw then a bet when the flush connects is an excellent example of using a scare card as a bluff. Another great example is the presence of an over card on a low board.
Leading the flop does make your turn decisions that much easier. If your opponent had a strong draw or a strong made hand, then they would likely raise your flop lead. By just calling they narrow their range down and make it much easier to play further streets so remembering this concept is vital.