Why does everyone hate the Rivercard?
I hear a lot of people complain about the the river card. How they lost on the river ( I got rivered) and always get outdrawn.
This is what I think about it:
Everybody knows Texas
Hold Em No Limit is played with 5 cards on the board if at least someone calls or everybody checks. If a player calls then there will be other cards on the board that all players can use. Those cards can give one of your opponents the best hand. Some people are surprised that this can happen and start complaining about their opponents play. Especially when someone else wins with the river card they are amazed by their opponents awful play and start to call him/her names.
Iíve got no respect whatsoever for someone who complains all day every week about how the river card beat him. If not for the first ten times you donít understand that a river card can beat you then you need to lose a 100 times. Everyone has his own playing style. Everyone plays different. They wonít do the things you want them to do, they will do the opposite. And there are no bad plays, but I agree that there are bad players. But in my book bad players are people who canít handle a loss and start complaining.
You may lose more often after a river but thatís logical, there are 9 players at a table. If you play like you should then the total amount you won making the best hand on the river should be as much as your losses on that same river. Itís all statistics and if youíre a good player you would even win more money by your betting style.
Next time if you get beat on the river donít blame someone else or the cards, blame yourself for betting too much or for playing your hand wrong. Youíre the one fully responsible for everything you do. You donít have to go All In or call an All In. Always keep all the possibilities open and take them into consideration when making a move. Getting beat or win on the river is no shame and it certainly is no shame to chase. A chaser always risks his chips by calling bets. If he gets rewarded on the river, he gets insulted as if it is not a part of poker. If you get beat by the river card accept it, let it go and move on. Itís all part of the game. Adjust your playing style so it doesnít happen too often. Include all possibilities and be careful.