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Slowly but Surely: Winning by Slow-playing in Poker


In every poker game, every player desires to win big and would employ various strategies to ensure this goal. Slow-playing, along with good decision-making and the right circumstances, is one specific tactic that will help you get the big pot.

Have you ever encountered the words, “Check-raising not allowed on this game” or the briefer, more straightforward, “No Check-Raising” either posted on the wall or vocally reminded before the start of any game? Players may not be able to determine the strength of another player’s hand if that particular player would keep on checking or what is also referred to as slow-playing. Such specific “ban” in the game of poker has the good motive of maintaining the game’s “friendliness” or “sociability appeal” among the players. Still, even such an earnest desire from the mind behind this said ruling should think that the game is not intended for kids or for teens but for adults who thrive on challenge, aggressiveness and competition. As one person put it, “It’s like suggesting that you remove the word ‘poke’ from ‘poker’. With only an ‘r’ left, what would be the essence of that letter anymore?”

So, such “ban” is no longer a ban in every poker game conducted, and as a matter of fact has been deemed as one effective and great strategy to employ in the playing table. Chances for earning huge sum of money or just landing on a break-even result can be the two most probable outcomes once you utilize the strategy of slow-playing. Of course, you would like to get the big pot and go home a winner so you should ponder really well whether you would be aggressive with your playing strategy or you would opt to slow-play. A careful analysis of your best five cards would resolve the silent conflict occurring inside your mind on whether you would go for a slow-play or not. The advice here is to crucially scrutinize your hand before and after the flop.

If you happen to have a hand that is composed of either aces or kings before the flop, employing the slow-play tactic is highly recommendable. Now if you happen to be under the gun then you might as well limp in into the pot. Then if ever a raise will be made by a player behind you, you are very much ready and capable to assail his raise with a re-raise! This particular strategy works best when you are dealing with players who are fond of pre-flop raises or for players that are not that aggressive on the playing table. Also, the value of aces and kings tend to diminish as more and more players enter the pot so it is advisable that once you get them you would play on them quickly.

On the other hand, and this time after the flop took place, opportunities to efficiently employ the slow-play strategy broaden. The ideal players at this point are still those less aggressive ones and also, at this specific stage the number of players would significantly matter. Whether you would be slow-playing or not, the answer will depend on how many are competing with you in the game. With less number of players, there will be less chance for you to be outdrawn (since less chance for a hand that can do that) and apparently the better chances for winning the big pot.

Good luck!






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