Advanced Poker Strategy – Slow Play -If you’ve got a great hand (ideally the best possible hand) and want to try and extract the maximum amount of chips from your opponents with it, one tactic to do is is to do what’s known as “slow play.” In other words, pretend you have nothing and hope your opponents will do the raising for you because of you fire out a raise they’ll know you have a whopper and fold instantly. But of you can trick you opponents in to raising, you can call their raise and scoop all those
lovely chips in to your stack.
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Example – you have J T again pre-flop. No big raises so you can limp in cheaply. Flop comes down J, T, T. Wow – you flopped a full house and right now you’re super-strong. Your opponents call post-flop. You decide to check to pretend that the flop hasn’t helped you. Turn is an A. Now one of the players left in raises big. Dewapoker You think he might have two pairs now. Aces and Jacks. You know you’re still in front so call his raise. The river is a 4. He bets big again, you call and show your full house. And by “slow playing” your huge hand you have gathered many more chips that if you’d have raised after the flop.
Let’s say you have a pair of eights. Flop is 8, Q, K. You don’t think anyone has your three eights beaten yet by three queens or three kings because nobody was betting like they had QQ and KK pre-flop. So you think slow-playing your trip eights is a good idea. Turn card is a J. There’s a possible straight developing out there but you think you’re still good with your hand so continue your slow play tactics. River is an A and an opponents now puts out a huge raise. You scratch your head – what could he have all of a sudden? You call the raise only to be heartbroken as you opponents turns over T J showing you that he made his straight on the river with that A.