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The Mistake of Slowplaying

by Jonathan Little |  Published: Oct 25, 2017


I was recently told about a hand from a $200 buy-in World Series of Poker Circuit event that illustrates a key mistake that many amateur players make every time they flop a premium hand. With blinds at 500-1,000 with a 200 ante, a tight player limped from middle position out of his 40,000 effective stack. The cutoff and button both limped as well. The small blind folded and then our Hero woke up with 10♥ 10♠ in the big blind. He decided to raise to 4,000. While I am fine with raising this decently strong hand for value, Hero should have made it a bit more, perhaps 6,000. When he reraises only 3,000 more, he is essentially telling his opponents, “my hand is so strong that I don’t care what you call with.” In reality, he should have raised larger because when he makes it 4,000 total, his opponents are ...

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