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Knowing When to Fold’em

It’s the “win a few dollars” scenario that I would like to write about. When I first started playing I lost most of the time. I didn’t lose much in the way of actual dollars, a penny here, two cents there. Even though the lost money was insignificant something bothered me about losing. I wasn’t bothered that I lost. I mean that’s the way of life. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. What bothered me is ‘”why” did I lose.

I spent the better part of a year trying to figure it out. It wasn’t until I started to keep track of my wins and losses that I noticed a problem. I wasn’t losing money because someone hit a miracle card on the river (it happens, it’s called a suck-out, but it doesn’t happen often). I wasn’t losing because they were better players. I knew I was a better more skilled poker player than my opponents. So why did I continue to lose?

I was losing because I didn’t know when to give up. Kenny Rogers said it best “You have to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em…” Eureka! I didn’t know when to fold’em. I was so elated that I had a hand worth playing I really wasn’t thinking about what was in my opponent(s) hand idn poker server terbaru. Pocket Aces are fantastic but if the flop brings all hearts and neither of your Aces is the Ace of hearts you could be beat. I’d bet and bet and bet not realizing all the time that my opponent flopped a flush.

Here’s an example of what I used to do and what I do now.

Old me: I have pocket Jacks and the flop comes 9h – 4c – 3s. My opponent didn’t raise before the flop so I probably have the best hand. So I bet the flop and my opponent calls. That’s great until the turn card is an Ace. I just went from top pair to now I am most likely beat. My opponent probably has some type of Ace with a low kicker. What I used to do (and what many inexperienced players continue to do) is to bet the turn. My opponent raises my turn bet and I call. That’s a big mistake. I just threw more money into the pot with an over card showing. The river shows a 7 and I check. My opponent bets and I call his bet, another big mistake. I just threw more money after bad. My opponent turns over A-5 suited.

New me: Same scenario but this time I make the correct decision. I have pocket Jacks and the flop comes 9h – c4 – 3s. My opponent didn’t raise before the flop so I probably have the best hand. So I bet the flop and my opponent calls. Now hears that deadly turn card, the Ace. Again I am most likely beat. My opponent probably has some type of Ace with a low kicker. What I now do is bet the turn. When my opponent raises my turn bet I fold.

See the difference? With the new me I saved the cost of a turn re-raise and a river bet. It may not seem like much of a difference but just this one change in my play has turned me from a losing player into a winning player.

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