Folding is something that newbies seem to hate doing. However, the reality is that folding can help you save face, restore your poker image and otherwise make for a better poker game. Trust us — the guys we see that go in on every single pot? We know that they’re super loose. Super loose players get taken advantage of. It’s a great way to lose your chips and eventually start playing on tilt. There just comes a point where you’re burned out and you just can’t seem to do anything else. You just have to think about all of your options to thrive and be more. If you do nothing but freak out, you’re not going to have a good time in poker either.
What needs to happen here is that you must start thinking more strategically. Folding allows you to keep your strategic edge without losing your cool. It’s going to be tempting to just think that every hand could lead to the big hand. This is even more the case if you’re playing with a lot of super loose players with bad hands who are actually winning. You have to make sure that you think about all of the little things that could be keeping you from really tying everything together appropriately.
Position matters in poker. You’re going to want to play in the blinds based on what hand you actually have. If you’re starting in late position, play. If you are in early position and you really don’t have a good hand, you’re going to have a rough time. You really need to just make sure that you’re going to be making the right moves at the right time.
Don’t make your decisions in a vacuum either. If you’ve got something good (AA, KK, QQ) — PLAY THOSE PAIRS! There comes a time where you need to show aggression. We’re not saying that folding premium hands is what you need to do all of the time. If you need to flip image once in a while, this would definitely by the “break points” that we would build into the machine.
You always have a choice on the type of poker that you play. Stay in control. Don’t let the folding make you antsy. We’ve played some games where we saw someone that was just itching to play — even though they were getting marginal hands. After the game, we asked them why they kept playing such bad hands. Their response: At least I got to play something!
Avoid the emotion and profit, people. Good luck!