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Fast and Furious, or Slow and Devious?

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jun 25, 2014

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It’s limit hold’em. You’ve flopped a hand and are looking to acquire the best value. Do you play it fast or assume the risks of playing it slow, hoping to win a bigger pot? Obtaining the highest value is a function of multiple variables: The main ones are the strength of your hand, the size of the pot, the texture of the flop, and the tendencies of your opponents. How accurately you assess these situations and apply the correct strategy will hugely influence your poker results. The stronger your hand, or more accurately, the lower the propensity of your opponents to be able to draw out on it, combined with the greater equity on the additional bets you will gain by slow playing, the more inclined you should be to utilize trap plays. That is because free or “cheap” cards given to your opponents are less likely to cripple your ...


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