Most Important Play In Poker


ou read that headline and you might find yourself scratching your head and wondering what that means. After all, for any play to be considered important is one thing. Yet, to roll out the label ‘most important’ that really says something does it not?

Here is what this is all about. Sometimes it is a very good idea to go back to the basics. After all, never lose sight of the fact that all of the fancy poker plays, the tips, the tactics and all of that stuff are only ever built upon the basics. With that in mind, let’s get right to it.

Naturally if you have been or around the world of poker for any length of time you are already familiar with the preflop open-fold. Recall that you will fold before the flop. This leaves you in the position of only having two cards to look at. Your two holD cards, that is. At this point you might be looking at your two holD cards, you might sigh to yourself, then toss them away.

But here is the thing to remember: with the open fold, there is no action ahead of you. That is to say, you have not decided to fold because another player ahead of you called or raised ahead of you. In other words, you make the executive decision to fold simply because in your studied opinion the cards in your hand just don’t make the cut. The cards just don’t have the oomph to turn a profit; a lousy investment so to speak.

Get this: the preflop open-fold can be the most important play in any of your poker play. Consider: reason number one should be glaringly obvious. It keeps you out of harm’s way. Think about it from a different viewpoint. Have you ever noticed that poor preflop choices have a nasty habit of snowballing into larger mistakes after the flop? It will come as no surprise to you to learn that by playing hands you know full well that you shouldn’t is way too easy to get into then making postflop calls that you would be better off not doing at all.

Meanwhile, yet another reason the preflop open fold can be considered the most important play is that it is actually the most common play you will see. Reality check: unless you find yourself playing heads-up or perhaps extremely shorthanded, you are better off folding most of your hands before the flop.

Bottom line: folding the hands that don’t make the cut is the fastest and easiest way to improve your poker play.

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