Slow Play in Poker

Slow Playing (also called sandbagging or trapping) is a technique in poker when you check or call a bet with a very strong hand in the hopes that someone else at the table will raise. It is roughly the opposite of bluffing; betting weakly or passively with a strong hand rather than betting aggressively with a weak hand. When this technique works, it is a good way to disguise the strength of your hand and put many extra bets into the pot. However, to successfully pull off the Slow Play it is important to know the other players at the table and take your position at the table into account.

How to Slow Play

When people slow play they often think that it is best to check to their opponent. This is not always the case because you don’t want to give your opponent a free card. What you want to do is make a mediocre bet & try to make them think that you are bluffing. Nothing’s better than taking your straight to the river and getting re-raised all in because your opponent felt you were bluffing. However, if you make that mediocre bet and your opponent only calls it, then next turn you want to bet him out, and if he happened to catch or has a feeling that you are bluffing, then you may have caller, which should mean more money for you. That’s why you should take a chance when slow playing in order to get a bigger pot.

The Risks Involved in Slow Playing

Obviously slow playing isn’t hundred percent reliable. It’s a chance that you have to take. If you never slow play, you won’t see as many bad beats and for some people that’s what they want. No one wants bad beats, but if you are willing to take a risk you can really get paid off. The biggest danger of slow playing is that you give your opponent an opportunity to see a card cheaply. With that card they may catch a draw or even a stronger hand than you. So there goes your whole idea of slow playing to win a bigger pot. If you don’t want to take the risk, bet your opponents out whenever you can.

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