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Jonathan Little Finds a Fold After a Bad River Card

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Jonathan Little Finds a Fold After a Bad River Card


  • @JonathanLittle shows how a bad board and an opponent's betting sometimes mean letting good hands go.

  • It's good to learn how to make disciplined folds, but fold too much and others will run you over.

The 2016 World Series of Poker is a few weeks away, and I’m continuing to review some hands I played at last summer’s WSOP. Today’s hand comes from relatively early in a $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event and involves my being dealt a premium hand, improving after the flop, then having to fold the river.

The hand illustrates the importance of position (as I’m out of position and at a disadvantage). The betting and board give us a chance to discuss how to go about narrowing an opponent’s range of hands. And the hand also presents a challenge to come up with a disciplined laydown when the situation suggests folding is probably the best play.

As you’ll see in the video below, I am dealt {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} in the big blind and after calling a raise from the tight-aggressive player who raised from under the gun, I flop top pair, top kicker.

Things get even better when I turn the nut flush draw, but somehow I end up finding a fold on the river. Take a look:

Sometimes the absolute worst card comes on the river and you must make a disciplined fold. That being said, if you fold too often, your aggressive opponents will run you over.

Would you ever play this hand in this manner? Let me know in a comment below.

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,200,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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