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Careful With The Slow Play

Jun 24, 2008
When you "slow play" a hand, you don't bet, or bet like you have a weak hand. This is done in order to hide a strong hand. If you get carried away, you can make a mess of a good hand.

A slow play can work well at times. There are times when it's the right move. But, many times, players use this tactic when it's just not worth it. Let's look at a hand that shows this.

Here is a classic bad slow play. You have AA. It's early in the tournament and everyone has plenty of chips. You make a small raise looking for action. You get a couple of callers, and the on flop out comes A 6 10 rainbow.

You now bet the minimum, hoping to keep someone interested. You get one call. The turn is a 9. You bet the minimum, again hoping he thinks you're weak.

Now, you get what you think you're looking for. He throws in a big fat raise. You call, and the river brings an innocent 2. Now, your thinking, how much can I bet and get a call. You bet that amount and hope he calls. To your surprise he goes all in.

Well, you can't fold, can you? You call, and when he flips over 78 of diamonds, your jaw drops. You're out of the tournament. Out because you slow played yourself out.

Maybe the first minimum bet was a little wrong. But the small bet on the flop was even worse. Now, when he hits his hand, there's nothing you can do. You've dug your own grave.

Most players then think about how unlucky they were in this hand. Are they right? Well, a little, but not completely. Let's take a closer look.

With deep stacks, a minimum raise will be called by a lot of hands. By minimum raising on the flop, you will get called by long shot hands. When you call at the end you are expecting to see a smaller set, or two pair. If he had these hands you didn't need to slow play.

When you lose a hand this way you should understand why it's a bad play. You never make that many chips. Then once in a while, you bust yourself out of the tournament.

I think we all learn this lesson the hard way, by losing a few hands this way. I'm not saying never slow play, but most of the time it won't make you more chips. In addition, sometimes you'll get burned, bad.
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The turbo sit and go is a common online poker event. These are fast paced single table tournaments, typically with six or nine players. These events don't take much more than thirty minutes to play. This is a quick fix for the tournament junkie with a time limit. Poker cheating software or Poker analysis software
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