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A Different Kind of Slowplaying

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Jul 11, 2012


When you consider slowplaying, what do you think of as the primary advantages and disadvantages? Most players will tell you that the main advantage of slowplaying is giving opponents the chance to “catch up”, which is to say make hands that can put money into the pot on a future street when they would not have put money in on the current street. The main disadvantage, they will tell you, is the risk of giving a free card that ends up costing you the pot. This occurs when an opponent would have folded to a bet but ends up improving to a hand that beats yours. While these are both valid considerations, they are not the only costs and benefits of slowplaying. 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. ...

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