Making the easy fold should be just that; easy. Often times players put a large amount of chips into a pre-flop pot in hopes of improving their hand. Because there is a low chance of this improvement (One Pair will only be made in about ⅓ of flops), it’s better to remain patient and look for better spots. Today you will see a spot to make an easy fold.
I’m sitting Under The Gun (UTG) with 35 big blinds with blinds at $50/$100. Because I am the first to act pre-flop from this seat there will never be a previous action. I’m holding Jd-10d, a hand that qualifies according to The Poker Model because I have over 20 big blinds, with no previous action, and it’s two cards greater than seven. I double the big blind amount to $200 and come into the pot.
The table folds to The Button (TB) who calls the $200 raise. The Small Blind (TSB) folds and The Big Blind (TBB) makes a 3-bet (reraise) to $600. The action is back on me. I have three options here:
- 4-bet (raise back). This is a very bad option because it implies that I am ready and willing to put all of my chips into the pot right now. The only hands that I should be making this play with are premium hands (A-A, A-K, K-K) because I will have good odds to win in the long run with those hands.
- Call. While it seems like an easy play that gets me to The Flop, calling here will usually end in me losing the additional $400 chips and being bet into the raiser where I must fold. I can expect a continuation bet from my opponent and to miss improving on The Flop.
- Fold. The most boring of the options but the best one! Save the $400 chips and wait for a better spot, where I’ll be in a better position to bet my opponent out if I do not make my hand. I choose to fold.
I choose to fold and wait for a better spot in the future. I still have plenty of chips. Remember to always be aware of when an opponent will most likely make a continuation bet on The Flop. You’ll have to fold to this bet unless you improve, this is why we make continuations bets ourselves.