Every poker player doesn’t like to be dragged into the river – when the opponent attacks him in the river.
While playing Texas hold’em in a casino, suddenly an angry player shouted out loud: “Again! He sent me again! Then, venting his anger, he slammed his hole card face up on the dirt. Frustration! His hands were fine from the flop in – to the river. What’s more, it’s a bad beat; his opponent only had two outs – a big mistake!
I can’t really blame that poor player. It seemed that was my fate too – getting more and more rivers. Then it happened again. I was inundated with my last hand tonight visiting the credit deposit slot, drastically cutting my winnings for this session. (Luckily, I won most of my sessions). So, of course, got the many rivers on my mind driving home that night.
I happen to have tracked how often I get to that session stream. (If you try, I will welcome your findings.) It turns out that I lost 11 hands I played in combat. In the six hands, I passed the river. Meanwhile, I won 11 hands that reached the fight – none in the river. (I also win when my opponent folds before the river, and also a fair bluff.)
My friend, Lucy, sympathized with me. “I may have lost a lot in the river,” he said.
He closed his eyes, and shook his head from side to side. He had nothing more to offer.
Lying in bed that night, this was on my mind a lot. Numbling, I suddenly woke up with the thought that going to the river frequently was not just a matter of bad luck, but just a direct consequence of possibility. With nine players at the table, you should expect to lose often on the river.