This is a discussion on keeping an eye on river cards? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; how often do you get to a river with the best hand and then call without really checking the implications of the river card.
It is always a good idea to take a second and really think, what hands have me beat and how likely is the villain to have one of them. If your not watching the river closely usually that means you are giving too much value to things like top pair and 2 pair.
Yeah always keep an eye on river and if its a really scary card for your top pair or something that you hit on the flop check behind with showdown value or check call and in some situations find a fold for big bets etc..
Rather than get burned by a card that I don't want to see on the river, lately I have been paying more attention to my and my opponent's stack to pot ratio, and the chance of a bad card coming on the river. If I have made the decision that I am not folding (the pot is too large to give up on, or folding leaves me with poverty stack) I put it all-in and let my opponent make the decision on whether they want to take the chance on the river.
It's really important to stay in the game for the whole game. I've seen lots of guys stay in a hand for the most unlikely reasons, then magically make their hand on the river (e.g. two pair: 22 & 77). That final bet is telling at least 95% of the time. If they hit it they bet it and your Aces are no longer relevant.
The river card is a weak point for me in a different way. I know the implications whatever river card comes but I have a difficult time telling if the opponent is bluffing or did he actually hit his flush, straight, set, or the card that will beat you. Or did the opponent already have a made hand all the way through. So, you should study the person playing style, hand range, and how likely it is that he made his had on the river and the percentage of him bluffing in that situation.
I always try to consider what another player might be drawing to especially when they limp call my bets. If a 3rd suit hits the board on the river, I check to see if my opponent has completed a flush. Sometimes the board will pair on the river so in that situation, if I didn't complete a full house of my own or made 3 of a kind, I again check to see if my opponent has any of these. It's amazing how one little card on the river can change anything but i can and often does change everything. cheers
diffently watch that river can have the best hand all the way thourgh then someone catches trip 7 on the river see it all the time go all in and last card will save em ..although I really only see this in tourneys and not cash games..mabey rng is looser in tourneys
if the pot is very big and my chips are not all in the pot, then I will not pay a big raise without having anything on the river, if I do not have a flush or straight draw, I'll just throw them away from the sin further, yet poker is math but not lotto.