Originally Posted by baudib1
When he c-bets, and then checks when the board gets scary, he likely has showdown value. 88/99 are really the only hands we beat with showdown value.
Unless villain sucks (which is distinctly possible) he should be betting this board with all his Ax bluffs and overcards. But in a more broad sense, if he bets the river, we can pretty much assume that he's grown the balls to v-bet this board rather than bluff, since its like the worst bluff line ever. Idk, this line just tells
me he's either giving up or actually has a hand he's now scared is 2nd best.