Learn to Love to Fold
March 22, 2009
There is a well known art to playing good poker, only play strong hands and fold the rest.
This is something that all poker players, regardless of level of player or bankroll know, but only good poker players can uphold this rule.
The reason this rule, no matter how easy it sounds, is hard to uphold is because it requires a huge amount of patience.
Players all over the world try to stick to the best known rule in poker, with alot abandoning the ruling once they see their favorite hand.
Ok i’m not telling you that waiting for pocket Aces is the best way to go about playing your game, but folding weaker cards and playing the strnger combination of cards will offer a higher chance of long term success then trying to play the maximum number of hands dealt.
Poker is a game that is currently in question surrounding the percentage of skill verses luck factor, but regardless of that argument, playing only the stronger hands offers you increased chance of winning a hand then if you enter into the pot with a weak set of cards.
All poker players have at one point tried to play a number of different sets of cards, moving all in pre flop with low pockets right through to playing that off suit J/8 but on looking at their winning percentage of hands played, its pretty much guarenteed to come up short, showing that they have lost more hands than they have won.
Entering into a pot at the felts or online with a weak hand is like entering into a battle with nothing but your fists to fight with, chances are your opponents are going to be possessing artillary in the form of a stronger hand.
Ok now lady luck can shine on you once in a while, and winning that hand will leave you feeling like what i’m telling you should become buried into some archive somewhere, locked away from all to see, but you wait until you enter into a pot using the same hand again… You’ll be looking for the key to get this advice back out to study.
Many poker players who enter into the game of poker start their experience in the wrong way, aiming to play every hand.
The option of ‘Fold’ either online or within live poker games should not been seen as something to avoid, instead an opportunity for you to take a back seat and wait for the best hands possible to play.
Don’t worry if your folding into a small blind, offering out ‘free’ chips, these chips are only a small amount of what you would win when playing a stronger hand well would win you. Whats $0.50 when your could win $100.00 by the end of a strong hand?
Go out there and play your next poker game or tournament using this advice and you will see a huge improvement within your personal game, ok you might still come up against a stronger hand than yours but with you holding one of the strongest hands possible at the table, reduces your oppenets chances of holding one also.
Remember that folding is not a backward step from the game, its like ducking out of the way of a punch in a fist fight, offering the opportunity to reduce damage, if any, made to your stack.
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