POKER TERM OF THE WEEK: FOLD

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FOLD – To discard one’s hand and concede the pot to an opponent

“You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table, there’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.”

- The Gambler, Kenny Rodgers

Folding in a game of poker refers to when a player opts out of playing the hand they were dealt. By folding, the player can no longer participate in the round and must wait until the next hand is dealt.

Many times, people choose to fold a hand when it is weak. Other times, players will keep a low hand in order to bluff their way to a win. Be careful with your strategy; if others realize you only play strong hands, it is easy for them to read and manipulate your hands.

Poker is not only about playing your hand, but playing your opponents’ hands as well.

What are your thoughts on poker strategy? Do you have a rule of thumb on when to hold and when to fold?

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