Playing the Friday night tournament, $30 buy in, limit hold’em tournament at the fort, the unusual happens. The first ten hands were won on the river. 1st hand, aces were cracked by two pair, J, 10 off suit. J on the river. Next hand, KQ flop two pair: K, 5, Q. Ten then Jack and the A, 5 suited gets the straight. Next hand: Flop is 3,4,7. Turn is J; River is J. J7 full beats the 56 flop for the straight in the big blind. This goes on and on with most of the players winning one hand on the river. I started counting. Ten hands won in a row on the river.
We all experience the river bad beat. We cry and moan when it happens to us. On the other hand, we love it because we pray for the river. Please g-d, Please g-d, river me. As we scoop up the pot, we feel “Hell ya, I know how to play.” Damn I’m good.
There is a winner and a loser on the river. Then there is hindsight. Jeez, if I would have stayed I could have had the flush. How about the player who always stays to the river no matter what. Maybe there should be a table called River Hold’em. Place the $3 blind, $3 flop, $6 turn, $6 river in the pot in the beginning and play showdown. Frustrating as it is, it is a fact of Hold’em .Win or lose we have to accept the river. Either way, you have to learn how to swim.
TELLS: We all have em.
Most of the folks we play against know ’em. We do what we do out of habit. Some of us play with our chips. Some build towers of chips, some shuffle. Playing with …