A Different Kind of Slowplaying
by Andrew Brokos | Published: Aug 14, '12
My latest poker strategy article, “A Different Kind of Slowplaying“, is now appearing in Cardplayer. Here’s a little taste of what you’ll find there:
Particularly in big-bet games like no-limit hold‘em and pot-limit Omaha, failing to build the pot and missing out on a bet are potentially very large costs to slowplaying. If your opponent would have been willing to call three bets with an inferior hand, but you check the flop and then bet the turn and river, you have not only cost yourself a bet, you have cost yourself the largest bet….
An often overlooked advantage of slowplaying is that it helps to balance your ranges and protect weaker hands that you would check in similar spots. If your opponent knows that you are capable of checking strong hands, he will probably bluff and value bet you less, making it easier for you to show down marginal hands cheaply. If he doesn’t make this adaptation, then you’ll win more money with your slowplayed hands when your opponent stubbornly bluffs into them with weak hands that would have folded had you bet.
As always, I’m eager to hear what you think, so please leave comments to let me know!