While Cliche, Need to Know When to Hold them and When to Fold Them

by Cole Paganelli | November 13, 2019 |

Just as described in Kenny Rogers’ song, we need to know how to play our cards in our lives, and poker is the best teacher for that. Taking part in every hand and calling every bet is not always a good approach — you need to fold them if the situation requires so.

In other words, folding should be considered a strategic move, just like every other thing you do in poker. Therefore, let’s take a look at some of the situations where folding is definitely the best thing you can do. Read on!

When the Starting Hand is Weak

You can fold even before the flop if you don’t think you have great cards. Most of the time, players who want to play it safe fold whenever they have low cards that don’t match in any way. For example, if you get a two of hearts and an eight of spades, it is very unlikely that you will be able to make at least a straight or a flush.

However, folding is not always the answer if your cards are weak. If you know that you’re playing against tight opponents, then you can even proceed to the flop betting stage and see where you can go from there.

When to Fold on the Flop?

If the pot still isn’t that big, and you won’t lose much if you fold, then you should consider folding on the flop. Naturally, you need to have no available combos and low possibility of making a hand on the turn or the river.

Once again, other player’s actions count as well, and if you knew their style of play, then you should know what steps to take. However, you need to take into account that the flop is the last “safe” exit most of the time. Folding on the turn and the river will probably result in losing more money than before.

Folding on the River

Folding on the River may not be very common, but it’s something that you need to take into account, especially if you play against tight opponents. For example, if there’s only you and another player on the river, and you know that the opponent plays very tight, then there’s a good chance that they have a really good hand if they decide to go all in. In that case, you need to make something called “the hero fold” and give up on your chips that are already in the pot.

As you can see, there are some general rules for folding, but it ultimately comes down to specific situations. Folding mainly requires knowing your opponents well and understanding their style of play. Once you manage to do that, you will be able to achieve great results and improve your overall folding game in order to get the most out of it.

It’s all about practice. The more you play, the more situations you’ll get yourself into and be able to recognize patterns when folding would be the best option.

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