Double Barrels

Double barrels are the next step up from continuation bet. If
you are unfamiliar with the term, a double barrel is when a
player bets both the flop and the turn with a weak hand, usually
a complete bluff. The reference to double stems from the fact
that it’s the second bet being made in the hand. Double barrels
are not the type of move that new players should be attempting
and are instead generally reserved for the more advanced
players. With that said, they aren’t the most complex move in
the world. With a little bit of practice, almost any player
should be able to pick up some pots with well-timed double
barrel attempts.

A double barrel isn’t the same thing as when a player is
only betting for value with a good hand. The barrel portion of
the term comes from the fact that the player is trying to “fire
away” at their opponent in an effort to get them to fold. The
double barrel isn’t the end to this play, however, as a triple
barrel would be the next leg of the play. As each street
progresses, the move becomes more and more risky. While there’s
some money on the line when you try to get a fold from a
continuation bet, you are going to have no choice but to bet
even more on the turn, and then even more on the river. This is
one of the primary reasons why it’s not a good idea for novice
players to make too many double barrel plays.

When to Double Barrel

The best time to double barrel is going to be when, in a
nutshell, your opponent has reason to believe that they are now
in a weaker position than they were on the flop. This could mean
that the player was unable to improve their hand, you are likely
to have improved your own, or a combination of the two. If you
feel like there’s a realistic chance that the opposite of
either of these has happened, you will not be in a good position
for a double barrel.

Scare cards are the biggest aid to any player looking to
double barrel. If the flop comes with all low cards and you are
unable to procure a fold from your opponent, there’s a good
chance that they either have a pocket pair or made a pair with
the board. Because of this, an over card will have a strong
chance of having beaten them. This is one ideal situation where
you can place a perfect double barrel.

Draw heavy flops will also create opportune times for double
barrels. If a player calls a flop bet and is likely to be
chasing some sort of draw, you can safely assume that they will
be less interested in the hand on the turn if they miss their
draw. Good examples of this situation would be when there are
either three to a straight or three to a flush on the flop.
Players like to call with the king or ace of the correct suit if
the board gives them four to a flush, but they are prone to
giving up if the turn blanks. If you are going to double barrel
in this position, however, you need to be ready and willing to
triple barrel on the river as well. If they miss on the turn but
call anyway, a river bet on another blank will be the only way
to take down the pot. In the end, confidence in your read is

When Not to Double Barrel

When not to double barrel is partially a matter of who you are facing
and the situation that is at hand. Sometimes you’ll run into a
player who isn’t ideal for a double barrel try regardless of
how the hand has been played. If someone isn’t folding because they are a calling station, things like
scare cards aren’t going to be reason enough for them to let go
of their hand. Once you have determined that a player is indeed
capable of laying down a hand, you’ll then need to make sure
that none of the following scenarios are going to affect your

On the turn, just as a scare card means a chance for you to
get your opponent off their small pair, another low card is a
chance for them to become more attached to their hand. The real
struggle with these spots is that the turn is often times the
point of ultimate commitment. Once many players call the turn,
they won’t let go on the river for almost any reason. Because of
this, you are going to be sucking yourself into a trap when you
bet on a turn card that really didn’t change the hand all that
much. Think about how you would react if you were your opponent
and then play the hand accordingly.

The worst time to double barrel can also be the best time to
double barrel. This is never truer than when draws complete
themselves on the turn. Whether it’s four to a flush or a gut
shot straight, turns that deliver completed draws are going to
put a scare in any player without the nuts. This will mean that
you have a chance to send players running away in fear when they
have a small hand and a draw comes, but it will also mean that
your opponent could have hit the draw themselves.

You’ll find out which is likely to be the case by the time you place your
bet, but the truly optimal strategy is to have this figured out
as well as possible before it gets to that point. Instead of
risking your money just betting blindly, you should have your
opponent on a more defined range of hands. Either way, if you
get called on the turn, just give up. Firing a triple barrel
into a board that had a completed draw on the turn is just
asking for trouble.