River Betting

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 00:56

River Betting

A strategy article about river betting.


River As A Round In Poker
In poker games, a river is referred to as a particular round distinct from all the others. Players are given plenty of opportunities to build on their hand during other betting rounds prior to the river. However, when it comes to the river players are only allowed to make bets that are solely for value or bluffs. Consequently, it is only necessary for players to adjust their playing techniques.

Three Situational Similarities Among River Rounds
Although every river may come differently, there are still situational similarities among them that can help the player gain an advantage. These three are: (1) Multi-Way Pot With Semi-Strong Hand, (2) Heads up when you have been the aggressor, and (3) Heads up when you have been drawing.

Multi-Way Pot With Semi-Strong Hand
This situation is when the player is at the middle position and is anticipating on a check-raise. Lots of factors are involved here in calling the player's raise. These are the button bets, small blind calls, check-raise, button, and small blind call. The turn finally arrives and the player decides to hold trips then makes a bet. The next thing that transpires is the button and small blind call.

Heads Up When You Have Been The Aggressor
This transpires because of instances when the player acquires top pair in a heads-up pot and is most probably going to bet using the flop and turn while an undesirable hand comes up during the river. This will have to be decided basing on the player's position. Supposing the player (player A) is on the button while his rival (player B) is in middle position, the other player makes a check and will raise and call if he wins. Then player B needs a two-third gamble of winning. This is owing to the fact that the player can win a single bet if he has the better hand. However, he can lose double if the other player has the better hand.

Heads Up When You Have Been Drawing
If the player is on the advantage then it is only sensible to bet and raise since he has a chance of gaining the best hand. However, if the player is at a disadvantage, some considerations have to be taken. A check-raise is better done when the other player is at an attacking mode. It will be the wisest step in order to avoid being fooled by other fish. If, for instance, the rival is less aggressive, then it will be wise to take the advantage and make a bet. Threaten the opponent with draws such as a flush. Given some situations, the player might even be able to make a check-raise.

River Betting is only one of the many concepts a player deals with in playing Fixed-Limit Hold 'em. Aside from the basic concepts, the player for this poker game also has to deal with decision-making, and avoid some common mistakes.