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Avoiding River Problems

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Nov 16, 2011


I recently received an email from one of my students on a subject that is dear to my heart. I have always been a big advocate of taking decisive action on the turn if the pot is already quite large. (This need is even more important if you are out of position, when making too small a turn bet leaves you with the inability to know if your opponent is drawing or has a made hand when acting first.) Here is his email and my reply. “Bob, this was a hand from the 2011 Legends of Poker No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. The blinds were at 300-600 with an ante of 75. There were still about four hundred players left, with the average stack now about 50,000. I was in middle position with a stack of about 35,000. My opponent was an aggressive player, but not a maniac. His stack was ...

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