The Most Effective Strategy For Slow Poker


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Slow play poker, also known as sandbagging and trapping is a technique used by the poker player to deceive others on the table by betting weakly with a strong holding. It is also the antonym of fast playing where the players tend to be aggressive by involving in plenty of calls and raises throughout the game. The main purpose of slow play poker is to entice the players into believing that you hold certain cards when you actually don’t, eventually leading them to fold to your raise.

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Here are some of the strategies you could follow for slow play poker

  • The most effective application of slow play poker is when playing against aggressive players who deal with multiple hands through the game. Since they are capable of betting and raising in high frequency post flop, they are also more vulnerable to building a pot on the flop. Hence, playing slow poker against such players can be extremely beneficial to your hands.
  • It might not be a great idea to play slow poker against tight players who tend to fold quite a lot as opposed to other players on the table. They also cannot be trusted to bet, so you will need to work to build the pot after you have flopped.
  • When playing with multiple opponents on the table, you might have to compromise slow play poker for raising another player’s bet. It is true that one of those multiple players might have a piece of the flop and will make a move beneficial to your gameplay. However, it can also go down south if they possess an array of river or turn cards which might potentially be bad for your current strategy.
  • It would be ideal to use slow play poker in a situation where there has been a dry/non-coordinated flop which doesn’t seem to have instant flushes or draws. This would be an opportune occasion for using this because none of the turn cards would be able to sabotage your hand in any way. Secondly, you would be able to receive folds if you bet on this flop.

How can check raising be employed as a slow play poker?

In principle, check raising opposes the basic objective of slow play poker and this involves making other players move out of the pot voluntarily. However, the context of slow play poker applies to a single betting round in this use case.

There are certain cards that can be used to be played as a check-raise for an effective outcome and barrel instead of the usual check-call, which would eventually end up being misfortunate for you if the opponent comes out a turn card in his deck:

  • The player can arrange the draws in a difficult spot by betting big while playing against a brick turn.
  • On a draw-completing turn, the player can check back for pot control in which the probability of betting red aces on sevens turn is close to null and that means the opponent player wins less money when they hit their draw.

Now that you know how to play this, it’s time to make your account on GetMega and enjoy slow play poker!

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Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma

Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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