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Jonathan Little Finds a Fold After a Bad River Card

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 about six 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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