No-Limit Hold'em: BSS – The River (2)

The first article about gameplay on the river described the basic concepts. We therefore know,

  • when we should post a value bet,
  • when we should post a block bet,
  • in which situations it is worth bluffing
  • and when a call is the most profitable option.

Now we need to determine how we can correctly implement this knowledge into the game itself. As with every round of betting in Texas Hold'em, on the river we have in position and out of position plays:

In position plays

Out of position plays

1. Bet & raise 1. Bet/fold
2. Call 2. Bet/re-raise (all-in)
3. Check behind & fold 3. Bet call
- 4. Check fold
- 5. Check/raise
- 6. Check/call

Let's look at these options one at a time to see where we can apply them.

In position plays

1. Bet & raise

If we're playing in position and have a made hand, then we should try to maximise value on the river. We therefore need to bet or raise to do this.

The first article about gameplay on the river already told us that we should only generally bet or raise for value with above-average made hands. All other cases are considered bluffs. With busted draws, marginal made hands or...