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You gotta know when to fold

To play poker well you need to know when to quit or as Kenny Rogers put it “you need to know when to hold’em and know when to fold’em”. To fold or to “muck” is to throw in the hand you have and give up your stake in the pot. This is difficult to do when you are one of the blinds and have already placed chips in the pot.

Playing poker strategically is even more difficult online because all you can really see is your dwindling stock – advice for folding while playing poker online is as multi-faceted as the games of poker are.

When to fold largely depends on your particular online strategy and style of play; if your goal is to unsettle your opponents and you are a passive player then fold less often while if you are an aggressive player you should fold the hands that you would normally run with. You’ll learn more about what your playing style is as you go along and your online game develops.

In the meantime it is beneficial to understand these ‘golden’ rules:

  1. Keep focussed on the flop and know when to fold a good hand if you know you’re beat.
  2. A face card on its own will not beat a low kicker. If you have a K-8, you should fold.
  3. Don’t fall in love with your cards no matter how good the hand is. Pocket aces will never beat a straight.
  4. Keep an eye out for straights and flushes on the turn, play the odds and if you need to, fold.