We’ve all had that sickening feeling where you make what you consider to be a “good” fold, only to see the hand called down by another player and you folded the “winner”.
There are a couple of scenarios I am going to discuss in this blog that constitute laying down the “winning hand”.
In the first instance this might occur on the flop or turn, but usually the flop. You believe you might have the best of it but the board looks so menacing that you concur that you cannot possibly continue in the hand.
Sometimes, if the hand is heads-up , your opponent will show you their inferior hand and in other occasions in a multi-way pot you may get to see the hand at showdown.
So how should you handle this scenario? In my view, one should firstly realise that once the hand is folded it is no longer the winner or loser. There is nothing you can do to change the outcome once you have folded. By coming to terms with fact you will be able to move on from these types of situations with your mind still in the game and avoid tilt!
In the second instance, one might fold to a lot of action in a hand – but this time believing that you are beat, only to find out that you were bluffed off the hand.
Now in this circumstance tilt can easily rear its ugly head, therefore maintaining one’s composure is of utmost importance. It is imperative that you make it appear that you laid down an insignificant hand – as if you had absolutely nothing.
In a cash game you should play a few hands before taking a break to compose yourself, if needed. In a tournament you might just have to hope that a break is looming on the horizon or try to step a way for a minute or two when the moment is right and everyone has moved on.
Developing the ability to mentally move on from a hand that may have gone awry is a major skill in poker. It will infinitely improve your stature at the poker table and keep those tilt demons at bay!
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