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  • September 23, 2020

Online Poker Dictionary: Slow Play

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Also known as a “slow play” slowplaying is a deceptive play in which you check or call with a very strong hand to act weak with the intention of raising on a future betting round. When you flop the nuts it can sometimes be correct to slow play because it’s very difficult for an opponent to have a hand they can call with. If your hand is vulnerable to so many bad turn cards, then slow playing becomes much less attractive.
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Verb
To act in a manner that indicates a hand is weaker than it actually is; hiding the strength of a hand to encourage opponents to bet more aggressively.
EXAMPLE: “I’ve had pocket aces beaten too many times by opponents who got lucky cards late in the hand. I almost never slowplay aces anymore. There is just too much risk of being outdrawn.”
Noun
An action indicative of a weak hand that is made by a player holding a strong hand.
EXAMPLE: “My opponent made a slow play, and I made a big raise because I believed it.”
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When to Slowplay
* When you have a monster hand.
* When you think betting may cause your opponent to fold, yet you don’t want them to fold.
* When the pot is small and taking down right then and there would not do much for your stack.
* When your opponent is overly aggressive.
When Not to Slowplay
* When you have a good, but not great hand; one that is vulnerable.
* On a draw-heavy board.
* When your opponent is a calling station.
* If you suspect your opponent may also have a very strong hand.
 
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