Online poker provides more convenience and flexibility, but it can be a bit tricky, especially for first time players. Things are a bit different from the traditional poker, but if you follow the right strategy, you have a higher chance of winning. Every poker player is looking to become profitable, but one thing they fail to understand is that you cannot play every hand. Folding is a sensitive issue that needs to be addressed, and we will discuss how much you are supposed to do it, and why.
Why should you fold more?
The first thing that you can do to increase your chances of winning, especially if you are a new player, is to fold more. Although it is not the most attractive strategy, it can significantly save you from losses. New players should only play 15 to 20% of the hands. Although this might sound ridiculous, it will increase profitability and help you save some bets.
A range of aspects should determine your decision to raise or fold. The most important are;
• Your position
• Opponent’s position
• Size of the starting stack
• If you can change your position
• Your opponent’s type of hand
At some point in the game, your cards are likely to be short-stacked and you have no choice but to fold. When deciding when to play, and when to fold, you should consider how well your hand plays against the type of hand that your opponent's has.
You should also make your decision about folding based on the most profitable play or one with the least losses in the long-run.
When should you fold?
Aggressive playing is essential, but you should learn when folding is necessary. Every saved bet can be used to win more in the next game. While you obviously should not fold when you have a great chance to win, you should do it when things do not seem to be going well for you. You should not fold when all the pot odds for you seem to be working your way. It is, therefore, essential to think critically before deciding when to fold and when to continue with the hand.
The two stages when folding-decision is most critical are the pre-flop and the post-flop—playing too many hands at the starting hand is most likely to put you in a tricky position. It will be hard for you to navigate through the game. The other important tip is to be disciplined and fold all hands when need be. Most of your folds should be at the start, as this is the stage when you determine the direction of the game.
One of the surprising things you will notice is that it is rarely right to fold on the river. If you have reached this stage, it means that you have made many correct plays. Folding is not the best way to go unless you realize that you do not have any chances of winning. However, if you have even the slightest opportunity, it is best if you go for it.
There is no exact answer to whether you are supposed to fold more or not when playing poker online. The decision should be based on the particular state of the game and whether you have chances of winning or not.