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Head Games: Tough River Decisions and Common Mistakes in No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha Cash Games

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Dec 12, 2012

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The Pros: Aaron Jones, Tim Matthews, and Jeff Williams Craig Tapscott: What are some tough spots that put an opponent to the test at the river and why? Aaron Jones: The best way to put an opponent in a tough spot on the river is when their range is weak and the board runs out better for my range than theirs. The most common example is when my opponent is playing passively and the board runs out with scary overcards (say the flop comes with all low cards and the turn and river are non-pairing face cards). The person playing passively in this case (my opponent) is likely to have a one pair type hand that is trying to get to showdown (unless he’s slow playing, but there are fewer combinations of slow plays) while my range is incredibly wide and includes a lot of hands with high cards and/or ...


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