Foldequity

  • FE, short for foldequity, is the term used to describe the amount of equity a hand can gain simply from the fold of an opponent during the hand.
    By folding during a hand a player surrenders his equity-share to the pot, which is his pot-equity, to the other players still involved in the hand.

    If every player folds to a bet or raise, the bettor simply wins their equity share of the pot as fold-equity and scoops the pot. It is the only way to scoop the pot in poker next to winning traditionally at the showdown.

    Foldequity is an important part of the game, as it enables the player to bluff with hands that rank lower in pot equity, but still can return a positive expected value if they create a lot of fold equity by betting or raising in the right situations.

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