Knowlege from the F-Train..
I was reading my man Asphyxnia at Riding the F-Train and he mentions something I had been mulling over a lot lately. You’re in a situation. You have AK. You raise pre-flop. Get a caller or two. Bet the flop. Turn. You have your Ace with the top kicker and bet the river. WHAM! You get raised on the river and end up losing to K2 when they hit their two pair. It was starting to dawn on me that checking the river is not such a bad idea. Asphyxnia brings up the pro’s of this very well. In my mind I was mulling over for the past week or so: Is this too weak, or is this right? I tend to like this play especially when playing against good players because they tend to have the sense to not pay your river bet off. I can see exceptions to this in the low limit hell I have sent myself to, where second pair WILL ALWAYS pay you off. He can never conceive of a reality when you really do have TPTK.
As an offshoot of his posting it kind of dawns on me why you should raise the turn if you think you have the best hand. I have slow played NUT hands before. I try not to do it very often but sometimes I will. Slow playing the turn is a mistake though. You have to figure whoever is betting has a reason to be in the pot. If you raise the turn and he still has a draw that he thinks will win the hand for him your going to collect that extra bet you probably lose on the river anyway. If you’re lucky he will check-call your river bet too. I always kind of thought it was silly to throw that extra bet in so early. Now I am thinking it is smart. A lot of little things to save you bets over time. Interesting.