Folding when you're ahead?
Is this ever okay? Do any of you do it? Ever? Does it totally depend to the game/situation?
Here's the story:
Last Friday I was playing a live 1/2 game at my local card room. I was dealt AA utg. It was a loose game (and typically is) so I popped it to $20 pre.
No respect. (Which is usually the reason I get paid there)
Flop come J 3 7 -- two spades.
Both blinds check to me. There's roughly $140 in the pot. I make it $100. In hindsight I could've checked and found out where the spades were but well... Hindsight. Yah.
The BB asks as action is moving around the table if I would like a call; to which my response was "No, I want you to stick it all in." And I was serious. We're both playing about $500 to start the hand btw.
He smooth calls then checks, turn is a spade. I reluctantly push the rest of my stack in.
.....I had a black A. Didn't know the suit yet. Didn't really care. I was however, maybe, still alive.
He snaps. River is another spade. HOPE!.... But nope. I had the club.
I knew what he had or a range of it anyway. 97s. Can't even blame the guy. In his position he was getting the right odds
Looking back at this hand. Could anyone see folding on the flop to pressure?? I knew if I checked, someone would've fired(although probably less than I did), then I would've had to decide; call, fold or stick it right there.
Check/call felt like wasting $$$. And when the turn comes you HAVE to fold. I guess that brings me back to the thread title; ever fold after the flop while you're winning?? I could've saved $ but ultimately my decision was made the way it always is-- 'these suckas aren't going to get lucky on me every time, right?!' Board could've easily seen its last spade on the flop and I would've been PAID!
What do you guys think?
Feel free to respond to any of the post however, I'd really like to know when you guys think it's okay to fold when you're ahead. TIA
May the Flop be with You