Knowing When to Fold on Pokerstar

Knowing When to Fold on PokerStar

Kenny Rogers said it best, “You have to know when to hold em, know when to fold em” and he was not far off with that statement. Knowing when to fold is probably the most important aspect of your poker game and is often the difference between a profitable and unprofitable poker player. One of my favorite sayings is “I would rather make a bad fold, than a bad call”. This saying alone has helped me so much in tournaments. That is because I realized it is more important to win the war rather than the battle.

Folding is an art. In some instances, it is easy to know what hands to fold. 2-7 is a hand everyone knows to fold in any position. However, there are hands that are slightly harder to fold, such as suited connectors. Suited connectors are good cards early in a tournament, especially in late position – where you know you can see a flop cheaply. However, later in a tournament when blinds are much more expensive; you are better to fold suited connectors in most positions. Obviously, there are certain circumstances when you are playing on PokerStar where you might be getting the right odds to call or if it has been folded to you on the button. Nevertheless, as a rule, usually it is best to fold.

Another thing a lot of beginners make the mistake in doing is over-valuing their hand. For example, K-Q in early position is not a strong hand, as you are behind any Ace and dominated by A-K and A-Q. The same can be said about a weak Ace. When blinds increase later on in a tournament you have to remember its unlikely you will see cheap flops. So raising in early position with a weak Ace is usually a bad move, because if someone comes over the top you must fold. However, in late position where it has been folded to you, a weak Ace gains strength and can be worth a raise. However, if some one re-raises you still have to fold.

Strategy on which cards to play changes for each blind level, as well as depending on which position you are in. To gain the best results you also have to look into how tight/loose your opponent is. How tight/loose your image is. As well as chip stacks and how many Big Blinds you have and how many your opponent has. If you stick to the general rule, you should have solid fundamentals, and then you can build from that. As I said before, I would rather make a bad fold, than make a bad call.