NLHE 6-max: The River (2)
In part 1 we dealt with playing in position. Now we are going to analyse the more difficult variant of river play, which is when we are out of position. Many concepts from the game in position are of course adopted, for example, thin value betting. But another concept also becomes important, namely the
A lot of players are willing to call pot size bets on the flop and turn just to look at a huge pot on the river with a busted draw. In such a case the only two options left are either to give up and check or to decide to bluff, in order to avoid giving up the investment without a struggle.
Many aggressive players already play their draws aggressively on earlier streets, so that they can put pressure on their opponents right from the start. A simple river bet will usually not be able to do that when a tight opponent has bet both the flop and the turn. For example, he will fold an overpair less often if the river card is not a real scare card, i.e. a card that completes an obvious draw or radically improves his own hand. But it's far more often the case that opponents interpret and want to exploit a check on the river as being what it usually represents: weakness and fear.
We want to take advantage of our opponents' aggression on the river by checking...