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Out of position on the river – Microstakes lessons
March 13th, 2015 by John Anhalt in

I’ve seen these kinds of hands posted a lot, so I’m jacking one from cardschat to use as a quick lesson. This is from a 10NL full ring table:

 

Villian Stats (VPIP/PFR/AF): 14/12/62

Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold’em Cash, 9 Players

BTN: $10 (100 bb)
SB: $10.45 (104.5 bb)
Hero (BB): $10 (100 bb)
UTG+1: $104.29 (1,042.9 bb)
UTG+2: $18.23 (182.3 bb)
MP1: $7.60 (76 bb)
MP2: $10.38 (103.8 bb)
MP3: $26.83 (268.3 bb)
CO: $19.75 (197.5 bb)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Q♥A♠
5 folds, CO raises to $0.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $0.20

Flop: ($0.65) A♥ 7♣ T♦(2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets $0.40, Hero calls $0.40

Turn: ($1.45) 4♥ (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets $0.75, Hero calls $0.75

River: ($2.95) 2♣ (2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets $1.90, Hero calls $1.90

So ignoring the hand up until the river because it was played really passively and there’s some value lost potentially. Aside from that, if you’re in a similar spot like this on the river, and you’re planning on c/cing the river when there’s no real busted bluffs, or you’re not trying to induce a bluff from some reason, then you should always be bet/folding instead of check/calling. It’s an extremely important point because you don’t want your opponent checking behind with worse. Decide on a number you’d be confident in calling, and bet that amount instead of checking. Easy game!

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