Holdem FAQ: Slow-playing

1. What factors should be met for a slow-play to be correct?
A. Your hand has to be very strong enough so as to slow-play.

B. You will chase everyone out by betting but you have a good chance of winning a large pot if you check.

C. The free card that you are giving has good possibilities of making the second best hands.

D. This free card has some chance of making a better hand or a profitable drawing hand for someone else.

E. The pot should be small.

2. Give an example of correct slow-play?
You have JJ and the flop is J62.

3. But what if you have many rivals?
It will not be correct to slow-play when the pot has become big.

4. If the condition and situation are not correct then should you slow-play?
No.

5. Give an example of slow-play?
The flop is QJ3 and you have 33. You should generally bet or raise on the flop, as your can hold many possible hands, including flush or straight draws.

6. When is the second time that you should not slow-play?
You should not slow-play when you have flopped the absolute nuts. This is because a rival also may have flopped a very strong hand and will give you lot of action.

7. What is the exception?
You have all the good cards (for example you have A7 and the flop comes to A77).

8. What if you hold two aces and a third ace flops?
It is no doubt correct to bet. There is not a second-best hand for your rivals to make.

9. When would it be right to check at this point?
It would be correct to check if you think it will persuade a bluff.

10. What kind of hand do you need to call someone else's bet so as to re-raise a raiser behind you or go ahead and raise on fourth street?
You need a hand almost as strong as a normal slow-playing hand.

11. Give an example?
You flop top pair and the player on your immediate right bets into you. You may want to wait until the turn to raise. However, should a third player raise behind you; it is possibly better to re-raise on the flop and contribute more bets from your rivals.


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