Slow playing is a strategy used to deceive your opponent into thinking you have a weaker hand than you actually have. By initially playing your hand weak, you are giving confidence to your opponent that he/she has the stronger hand, thus inducing your opponent to bet into your winning hand. The end result is a much larger pot. There is risk to slow playing a hand, it should be done carefully and only under the right circumstances. I've been burned by playing too slow, allowing my opponent to draw the cards needed to beat my hand. You should be very careful when using a slow play tactic, as this related hand shows: Bad Slow Play.
The slow play tactic assumes more risk for more reward. But you can minimize your risk by using this strategy
when you have a very strong hand, the board is safe, and the likelihood of one more card
giving your opponent the winning hand is very minimal.
In the below hand, I am seated on the button and slow play one round. That one slow play maneuver made all the
difference in the world.
Check it out:
***** Hand History for Game XXXX *****
0/0 TexasHTGameTable (NL) - Thu Feb 12 00:32:43 EST 2004
Table Card Room Table 2649 (Real Money) -- Seat 7 is the button
Total number of players : 9
Seat 1: Player1 ( $17.90)
Seat 2: Player2 ( $25.70)
Seat 3: Player3 ( $34.10)
Seat 4: Player4 ( $22)
Seat 5: Player5 ( $22.90)
Seat 6: Player6 ( $27.15)
Seat 7: FlopTurnRiver ( $36.35)
Seat 8: Player8 ( $44.55)
Seat 9: Player9 ( $23.50)
Player8 posts small blind (0.25)
Player9 posts big blind (0.50)
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to FlopTurnRiver [ 6h, 6s ]
FlopTurnRiver calls (0.50)
Player8 calls (0.25)
** Dealing Flop ** : [ 3h, 6d, 9s ]
** Dealing Turn ** : [ 4h ]
Player8 bets (0.50)
FlopTurnRiver raises (2) to 2
Player8 raises (3) to 3.50
FlopTurnRiver raises (3) to 5
Player8 raises (40.55) to 44.05
Player8 calls all-In.
FlopTurnRiver calls (30.85)
FlopTurnRiver calls all-In.
** Dealing River ** : [ Qc ]
Creating Main Pot with $70.20 with FlopTurnRiver
Creating Side Pot 1 with $8.20 with Player8
** Summary **
Main Pot: $70.20 | Side Pot 1: $8.20 | Rake: $3
Board: [ 3h 6d 9s 4h Qc ]
Player1 balance $17.90, didn't bet (folded)
Player2 balance $25.70, didn't bet (folded)
Player3 balance $34.10, didn't bet (folded)
Player4 balance $22, didn't bet (folded)
Player5 balance $22.90, didn't bet (folded)
Player6 balance $27.15, didn't bet (folded)
FlopTurnRiver balance $70.20, bet $36.35, collected $70.20, net +$33.85 [ 6h 6s ] [ three of a kind, sixes -- Qc,9s,6h,6s,6d ]
Player8 balance $8.20, bet $44.55, collected $8.20, lost -$36.35 [ 4c 6c ] [ two pairs, sixes and fours -- Qc,6c,6d,4c,4h ]
Player9 balance $23, lost $0.50 (folded)
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