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4 Situations in Which You Should Slow Play in Poker

4 Situations in Which You Should Slow Play in Poker

4 Situations in Which You Should Slow Play in Poker

Some common questions, new poker players ask are, when should they slow-play and when should they make a bet in the online game? There is nothing new in these questions. Every player asks these at one point of time in poker games. It is because it can be really confusing to decide when to slow-play to prevent their opponent from 'scaring off' their big hand. But, yes, there are situations when you have no other option than slow play to boost your chances of winning an online poker game. Here are the top 4 situations among them.

What is slow-play in Poker?

Before moving on to the times when you should slow-play, let's first understand, what exactly it is. This is a trick to disguise the strength of your big hand to deceive your opponent to put more dead money into the pot even after having an inferior hand. This strategy works wonders against highly aggressive poker players who bluff a lot.

If strategized and played well, slow-playing in poker can help you make good profits. Given-below are the times when slow playing can prove to be highly beneficial.

1. When you flop quads

If you get flop quads poker hand ranking, you should always slow play your hand. What does “quads or better” mean in a poker hand? This includes:

4 of a kind

Straight flush (5 cards of the same suit in a row like 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 or heart)

Royal flush (broadway straight with 10, J, Q, K and A of the same suit)

Usually, these hands are too rare to get and are so good that you don’t need to make any strategy to win the game. If you are lucky to get these hands, you should just check or call a bet only until the river and then make a bit bet or a raise.

You should opt for slow play to give your opponent a chance to make a fairly good second-best hand to pay you off.

2. When you are playing against aggressive players

So, this here you don’t play for cards, but against the players to win the game. Slow-plays makes a perfect sense when you are playing against a loose and aggressive player, also known as LAG. These players are a common sight when you move up the poker stakes.

A LAG player is the one who raises or re-raises a ton of hands before the flop and then bluffs also after the flop. It is really difficult to play against these players as you can never imagine their cards and moves and the only way to play safe with them is to slow-play.

3. When there a fist on tilt

Putting people on tilt is one of the positive sides of LAG play style. The fish are the recreational players, who are extremely easy to tilt. Once you get the fish on tilt, you can easily get all their chips again and again. And how to get the fish on tilt? With the help of slow-play, which you can easily decide when to do by observing when they are foaming at the mouth with anger.

4. When there is a loose-aggressive or a tight-aggressive player left to act

This is the common situation where you can slow play before the flop. When there is a loose and aggressive (LAG) or a tight and aggressive (TAG) player left to act in the blinds and you have started moving the stakes to NL25+, you can decide to slow-play.

Slow playing in Poker is a great strategy to win big, but make sure you use it wisely. Not all the situations are apt to apply slow-play.