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The Delayed All-In Play

A relatively new move

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: May 24, 2011


It’s the middle stages of an online tournament. The action is folded to the cutoff, who raises to two and a half times the big blind. The button, who is about 20 big blinds deep, flat-calls. The flop comes, the cutoff fires a continuation-bet (CB), and the button goes all in. In one form or another, I’ve witnessed this play repeatedly in the past few months. Certain plays seem to fall in and out of style, and right now, this one is most definitely in. In the past, the more common play was for the button to simply shove preflop, and that still happens quite often. But now, the button is more likely to make the delayed all-in play, flat-calling preflop and waiting until the flop to shove. There’s no way to know for sure, but my guess is that for now, it’s probably succeeding often enough to make it ...

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