Sometimes in poker the best thing you can do at the tables is fold. Sure we all wish we could win every hand but then it wouldn’t be much of a competition and it would get tiring after awhile.
There have been many instances where I’ve seen players continue calling bets when they’ve should have folded. When players are calling these bets they are chasing flushes and straights most of the time.
In Hold’em a lot of my decision making is based on what happens on the flop. If I don’t hit anything on the flop and all I have is a high card I’ll play it safely unless I have a history with my opponent and have a feeling that if I bet my opponent will likely fold.
I’ll try to check it down and see if something hits on the turn or river. If an opponent bets I’ll likely fold. You should be playing the percentages and not chase something that’s not likely going to hit. When you do that all your doing is throwing away your chips unless if you have a history with an opponent and you know they’ll probably fold or if your a good bluffer and are often successful bluffing.
When do you know when it’s the right time to fold a hand?