Explanation of Fold

Folding means we discard our hand and forfeit all right to winning the pot. We choose this option when a wager has been made before us on the current street and we don’t wish to invest additional chips into the pot.

Example of Fold used in a sentence -> There was no way we could continue against such a large turn bet so we made the fold.

How to Use Fold as Part of Your Poker Strategy 

Novice players are generally disinclined to fold their hand. They are often curious regarding their opponent’s holding and desire to reach showdown.

Good players understand that folding is an important strategic option and when utilized effectively can be a huge asset in boosting winrate. As general guide, it is theoretically correct to fold our absolute worse hands on every street (aside from the one right before showdown where we may use them as bluffs).  

See the glossary entry under Action for a more comprehensive guide on when to use each action.

Check out The Ultimate Poker Folding Guide.

See Also 

Call, Raise, Action, Showdown

With over 10 million registered members worldwide, 888poker is the fastest growing online poker room, with a new player signing up every 12 seconds. 888 has been a forerunner in the online gaming industry and a pioneer of safe and responsible gaming since 1997. We are one of the biggest and most trusted brands in the world, providing one of the largest selections of games, high value tournaments and exciting live events for poker players around the globe.