Monday, May 26, 2008

Cards Slow Playing: WhenTo Do It

There are some things that a player should keep in mind in slow playing his/her cards.

1. Slow play when the players are against you. Always consider the players that are in with you. Play the hand properly and always be careful of your steps. Remember that with the opponents that you have, lots of things can happen.

2. Is your hand strong? You are not playing just because you do want to enjoy. The main reason why you are playing is that you want to win. Any move can be done with the unbeatable hands. On the other hand, you can spoil others with the use of your weak hands. Those which are in the middle will start the real game. Slow playing can be an option if you think your hand can be outdrawn.

3. Considering your position is also a good thing to keep in mind. You have to know what position you are in. It will determine what bet can you make. In order for other players to catch up in your game if you think you are advancing, you can just call or raise the river.

4. The last thing that you have to consider if you want to slow play is your opponents. Who are they? Slow playing would not work for good players because once you raise the river, they will just fold. The usual thing that you can observe in limit holdem games is that many raise preflop and on the flop. Their goal is to make more money.

Some reasons why people slow play are the following:

1. They want to get more money in.
2. Bluffing
3. Semi-bluffing
4. mixing up the game

Slow play is done to deceive other players. You can only use slow play when you know how to do it. Otherwise, you will just let yourself be beaten by your opponents.


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