Bluffing on the River - The gut check part of poker!
How much of a superstar poker player are we? Many weaker players will put a river bluff down to simply outplaying their opponent. However, this is an incorrect and ego filled approach to the game that we should not use.
Take the Clear Approach to River Bluffs
Let's take a clear approach to this play. We need to tell a story with all of our betting that results in our opponent believing us.
- So we have been stubborn with JJ on a 10k48 board. The river then comes 9...a real scare card which could give our opponent the flush!
- When our opponent checks we can turn our hand in to a bluff as we are sure we are up against a better hand such as AA and AK.
- Our hand now makes sense to our opponent and he will often fold - We could easily have a flush or even a straight. We makae it hard for a better 1-Pair type hand or even a set to call us.
- Another example: We have 3bet AQos preflop. Flop: K92r, We bet and get called, turn 5, we again bet and get called, River 8.
- No we go all in. Why you ask? We are representing a super strong hand such as Aces, Kings, AK and maybe KQ. We can do this as we have been called down all the way (villain has not represented a huge hand preflop by flatting our raise), our line makes complete sense and if we was the villain with a hand such as 10 10 we would find the fold here a huge percentage of the time.
For players out there who are not thinking it through - You should always stop and ensure that your story tells a story. Clear and concise reasoning is what is key to bluffing on the river.