Making the tough fold.

    • Smileyphil
      Joined: 28.10.2008 Posts: 488
      I would just like to take a moment to reflect on a skill I have recently acquired.
      The poker strategy advice has greatly helped my game but I have always had a massive leak. Sometimes you know your behind. The ace on the flop to your Kings, the massive reraise after you lead AQ preflop and the 4th heart hitting the board crushing your beautiful top pair. In these situations wishful thinking takes over and instead of bowing out gracefully and saving the other half of your stack - you push it all in. Why we do this I have no idea. It is wasteful and it kills our profits. However, I am now beginning to gain the skill to throw away these dead hands. Even if it has cost me a large investment.

      Does anyone else have similar problems?
      I have noticed a dramatic increase in my profits since I cut out this horrendous leak. I think it might be one of the worst.
  • 5 replies
    • slikec
      Joined: 04.02.2008 Posts: 1,155
      I think we all had this problem and i still can not fold sometimes in those situations. Usually fold is best decision so congrats on your progress ;)
    • Ka0s
      Joined: 05.11.2008 Posts: 721
      Yeah I think everybody had this problem too. It still occurs sometimes, but not often. You know you're most likely beat and you still call. Most of the time I called to show the table my hand so everybody sees how big he sucked out :) .
      That's pride and feelings getting in the way. Knowing when to fold is a great skill, so my congrats too ;) .
    • Frakkk
      Joined: 06.01.2009 Posts: 93
      I totally agree! As the saying goes: Money saved is money earned!

      Although sometimes when you feel that you are getting bluffed, you have to take the risk and call! There is nothing more rewarding when you catch a 100BB all-in bluff:D
    • Jaissica
      Joined: 10.02.2009 Posts: 1,385
      This is my own biggest, most massive leak. Most recent example - I lost a full BSS stack with 10-6 on the BB into this flop -

      6 6 7

      I re-raised a half pot raiser and got shoved at. I knew - KNEW - in my gut that I was outkicked or looking at a 7s full. Yet I paid it. I called 90BB into a tiny pot.

      Villain shows A6.

      Its like a train wreck and you are the train.
    • TribunCaesar
      Joined: 29.04.2007 Posts: 13,264
      Making good folds is essential for successfull poker players. That's something you have to learn through logical thinking, and poker experience. As I always asdvise, post hands where you have tough situations to get advise an an exact situation.

      Best regards,