Four-bet folding in Texas Hold’em explained

Published by:
Posted on: June 4, 2020 10:13 pm EDT

If seeing a re-raise in Texas Hold’em, be prepared to commit your stack

When playing Texas Hold’em, there are several actions that can be taken to enhance your profits in each hand; however, some other strategies are focused on what not to do in a given situation. For instance, four-bet folding is one of the biggest mistakes a poker player can make and also, too expensive. A four-bet fold is when there is a raise, re-raise, re-re raise and then a player who shoves everything making everyone else to fold. The worst part is that, based on statistics, the bet was initiated by a player who will most likely end up folding.

Four-bet folding is a huge mistake because you will be putting a large amount of money into the pot between your initial raise and four-bet of the re-raise. There is virtually no situation in which it makes sense to fold a four-bet unless the stack sizes are incredibly large. But still, it would just be throwing money away.

In a given situation, the only time that it would make sense to fold if you are the four-bettor is if you are sure that you are 75/25 or worse. But this is not a common scenario, so it is more unlikely. But if playing with deeper stacks – like an against a player who was at least 80-100 big blinds – it is easier to throw your money into the fire if you fold.

Fortunately, this mistake is not that hard to avoid while playing. Knowing what to do to not fall in this mistake will set you apart from the hundreds of players who keep making this mistake on a regular basis. Think about how you are going to react to either a call or shove when you decide to go ahead and make a four-bet before making the decision. In an ideal hand, you can use four-bet to force a major fold and get your hands on a large pot. On the other hand, you also need to be prepared for an opponent calling, which can lead to a complicated post-flop scenario.