With all the doom and gloom going on in these here parts, when would be a better time than now to bring up another favorite pastime of many of us? POKER!
To many poker players, the age old question is, "When should I fold?"
Many people fold before the flop unless they have royalty or aces. Some will take a risk with suited cards in the hopes to catch a straight or flush. At the end of the day, however, most players will agree; if your hand has a low probability of winning, you should fold.
There are some who do not play by probability, though. These are the "any card can come up" type of guys. These players understand that poker is a game and a gamble. This type of player is the most dangerous. They will put you all-in and take every cent you ever had faster than a divorce attorney.
Yeah, that's right. When you saw Q,3,J,8,3 flip over you were sure your pocket aces would win. Little did you know, the dude with a 3 and an unsuited 8 didn't fold yet. After all, why would anyone expect someone with a 3 and an 8 to still be in the hand after the flop?
Some people see that 3 and 8 and fold before the flop because they have cards with a low probability to win. Some people fold after the flop when they see the ace and jack knowing that there is a good chance somebody else has a better hand.
Something most people overlook when playing poker is this one very basic principle: You can only win if you don't fold.
Besides, you never know what cards your opponent has.