Anyone can fold when they have a bad hand, but knowing when to drop your cards on a good hand is the key to consistent poker success. Folding a good hand may be the hardest most crucial poker skill to have and here are Fabrice Touil’s tips on where and how to do it.
Trust your self
You are sitting at the table, and your cards get dealt. You look at your cards and start feeling that your hand is not the best. I use the word “feel “ but i think that word is overused so lets use subconscious. Your subconscious is provoking something in you. Maybe you picked up on someone’s facial movement, or someone had a small delay when betting. Whatever it may be you should always follow your instinct. Some people just naturally have this skill, but for the rest of us, it’s something you need to work on.
First: Hear the voice within that is telling you-you lost this round
Second: Act on it
Detect the danger signs
When you are at the table you will see your opponents make some basic moves that right away should be your warning sign for example check-raises. When you see that your opponent raises he generally has a good hand or will have that hand by the next card. Look at the chips. If a player has paid over the odds for a flush or straight draw, maybe even called out of position, they’re doing it for a reason.
If they’ve called your bets all along, even though you’re projecting a tight table image (you have a reputation for only playing strong hands), chances are they’re feeling very confident, something you need to take seriously.
Do the math
You can make your decision easier by looking at the science of the game. The first thing you need to consider is simple: count your chips. If your chips are a bit short, don’t risk them unless you have a winning hand. There are exceptions to this advice, but in poker, it sometimes pays not to follow the heard
The Second bit of stat-gathering involves your opponent. What’s their raising range? How much are they betting on a good hand versus a great hand? This will help you read the strength of their cards and stay out of trouble.
Thirdly ask yourself what your table position is? Semi-decent hands aren’t worth it in the blinds – it’s too easy to get trapped. Remember, a lot of mistakes and difficult decisions are down to calling with a marginal hand pre-flop.
Call from the odds
Pot odds are a crucial part of understanding when to make a good laydown. It works as follows, it’s the price of your bet, versus the value of the pot. If your chances of winning are the same or more, call. If not, fold.
Let’s say you are playing against a not so solid predictable player. You have been betting two-pair, and he has been calling. On the river, the flush card arrives. You check, and he bets.
Does your opponent have the flush or not? Let’s say there is a 10% chance he’s bluffing, plus a 10% chance he has a weaker hand that he’s playing because you checked. That’s a 20% chance there’s no flush – it’s not enough. So you need to lay the hand down.
Powers of reason
Folding is a hard thing to do – no one wants to consider they may be folding the winning hand. And you never want to go too far the other way and play scared. My advice to you is practice and hone these skills, focus on what you’re saving in chips or cash, and you’ll soon gain confidence and make the right decisions.