Which hands to verify/raise the river?

Which hands to verify/raise the river?



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Verify/raising the river is one of the trickier prospects in poker. It really is a scary point to do as a bluff and when you do it for worth, but the Villain checks back, you feel like you missed a bet.&nbsp

Thanks to the solvers, nonetheless, we have learned the ideal hands for check/raising the river both as bluff and worth.&nbsp

When it really is for worth with a strong hand you want to unblock the Villain’s betting variety. When it is as a bluff you want to choose hands that would win at showdown if it were checked back but you can turn into a bluff when it is not.

Let’s appear at an example.&nbsp

We have arrived at a river and the board reads A A K three Q. Below is a table of the hands we are left with, out of position, that we occasionally verify/raise. All our other hands in our variety are leads, verify/calls or check/folds.

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The yellow lines are occassional verify/raises. You can barely see it, but any hand with a quantity below it is also a verify/raise. JJ/TT/QJs/Q8s/Q7s are among those and they make up a extremely tiny portion of the range, just .36% of hands. The value hands are very good Ax hands and JT for a straight.&nbsp

Avoid fancy play syndrome

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JJ/QJs/Q8s/Q7s and TT are bluffs, they block AQ and JT. Crucially they also likely win if the opponent does not bet. It’s challenging to pick check/raise bluffs but they are best produced up of hands that have OK showdown value until your opponent bets, but you have a blocker. So TT will sometimes be ahead when you verify and your opponent checks behind, but when they bet you no longer like the hand. TT, nevertheless, blocks AT and JT creating it a much far better bluff than 99 which does not block anything.

Deciding the worth to keep back for a verify/raise is also difficult. JT is held back here since it unblocks Ax hands, so there is more chance they will bet when checked to. Ax hands are held back much less due to the fact they block other Ax hands, so it is better to lead out to quit your opponent checking back a hand they would have referred to as. Hold backs need to unblock worth bets. We do have to hold back some Ax, even so, to avoid getting exploited.&nbsp

The river check/raise is typically connected with fancy play syndrome and you can definitely fall into that trap if you do it frequently. It is not a move you need to be undertaking at higher frequency unless you have a sturdy study on your opponent. Also in softer games it is generally greater to lead out to guarantee your opponent has to contact to continue. But if in doubt, the unexploitable approach to river verify/raises is straightforward and applicable whether you are playing GTO or exploitative poker.&nbsp

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