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Slow playing in poker is very similar to bluffing in terms of its nature of being deceptive. However, slow playing is when a player tries not to reveal the strength of his hands in order to increase the size of the pot and bluff is when you don’t have strong hands but you decide to bet or raise. So if a player hits the nuts at the flop, he/she slow plays and maybe calls & lets his/her opponent think that they’re dominating the table.
Please note that we are only talking about the post-flop action in a No-limit Hold’em game because that’s when you have the flop on the table. You decide whether to play fast or slow in a game based on the flop.
So how do you decide whether you should slow play or not?
The strategy of slow playing becomes highly-effective if there are loose (who play several hands) or aggressive players (who tend to bet & raise in order to dominate) on the table. They will do the work for you and bet to increase the size of the pot.
So if you’re in position, you can simply call. If not, check and then call.
On the contrary, if you have tight or passive players. Do not bother to slow play against players who will frequently fold and are choosy in playing hands (tight) or tend to check or call when they decide to play a hand (passive).
Try and increase the value of the pot by yourself because if you see such players trying to stay in the game, there are high chances that they have very strong holdings. So tread carefully.
Say you are holding a pocket pair of sevens and the flop rolls out Js-Ac-7h. This type of dry/non-coordinated board doesn’t offer the possibility of flush draws or straight draws.
Slow playing in this situation is quite favourable because you can go ahead in the game without really helping your opponent with the turn and build the pot simultaneously.
Secondly, if you choose to bet, you’re basically telling your opponents that you want to go ahead with such a dry board. This will surely let most of your opponents fold. Take the lead if you have such holdings.
If the board is wet and has rolled out, say: As-8d-7h, you shouldn’t choose to slow play. The reasons behind this are:
First, with such a board, your opponents might’ve hit a pair or two or maybe flush draws or straight draws.
Second, you wouldn’t want your opponents to complete their draws on the turn.
Let’s assume that you’re in a heads-up game with the same cards. It would be advised that you should slow play in the ‘right situation’. For example, if you have a dry board in front of you and your opponent is a loose/aggressive player, slow playing can be a suitable option.
On the other hand, a multi-player game will make things complex. Holding a set of sevens, you’d like to bet if you’re the first player to act or maybe raise in reply of a bet. Slow playing would be the least suitable strategy in this situation.
With so many players on the table, there are high chances that there’ll be players holding flush draws and straight draws. So you wouldn’t want the rest of the streets to roll out in their favour.
These tips can be followed most of the times, but poker is a very complex skill game and there’ll be situations where you have to make amendments in your strategy. Keep playing. All the best for your next game.
Note: This article deals with hands only in No Limit Hold ‘em Poker.
You’re sitting at a low-stakes cash game either online or live. All the players seem to be amateurs - lots of calls pre-flop, everyone plays too many hands etc. This should be an easy way to pick up some chips for you, but for some reason, the cards aren’t flopping!
While being tight-aggressive is the right way to play at such a table, you can still be hit by variance or make a mistake due to playing out of position. In such cases, it can be hard to know how to go about your game pre-flop.
With this handy cheat-sheet though, you’ll always have a reference point to use when playing loose low-stakes games. Bear in mind this is specifically for loose-passive tables, when players aren’t raising often pre-flop and tend to always call.
These hands are self-explanatory. When you’re holding such hole cards, you want to maximise value for them by raising. Generally you would like to raise 4-5 BBs, and 1BB for every player that has already called or is left to play.
These are hands that are still great, and you’d definitely want to see a flop when holding these hole cards. However, when in an early position, you don’t want to raise and be forced into a situation where someone 3-bets or 4-bets. It’s best to raise with these hands when you’re in a middle or late position.
Low pocket-pairs and high suited connectors are hands that offer good value in a game where everyone is calling pre-flop. If you happen to hit a set, straight or flush with these hands, then you’re in a dominant position where other players are betting big against you with top pair. Such hands don’t hit often, but when they do, the sheer number of players betting in to the pot will give you a great chance to win big.
These hands are similar to the previous set, except the chance of hitting a winning hand is lower. There is also the need to be more cautious here since you might be on the losing end if you have a lower straight then your opponent. All in all, you want to play these hands when play is passive and many players are in the pot.
As mentioned, this chart only covers play for a specific type of table play. Watch this space for more opening hand combinations for other types of gameplay!
It’s an established rule in poker that you never limp if you are the first player to enter the pot. However, what should be your plan of action if your opponent is a limper?
One of the major things to remember is that opponents who are limping are very rarely holding a strong hand. This means they are betting mostly in the hope of hitting something on the flop. In such cases, bet big and aggressively to prevent others from entering the pot and aim to make it a one-on-one with your opponent.
The other advantage you have against them is that they are usually not the most skilled poker players on the table. A great thing about iso-raising is that limpers would mostly call a raise and then compliantly fold when they don’t hit the flop.
Observe what kind of players you have behind you. Be careful when you are iso-raising and you have a skilled player behind you. They might manage to read your strategy and act accordingly. In this case, you can choose to bet widely but try to keep your bet size down. This gives you the easy option of folding in case someone 3-bets.
If everyone on the table is passive and tends to call a lot, then big bets make more sense when trying to isolate an opponent.
On the contrary, the table will also have players who are limping to trick you and might re-raise against your raise. So practice on reading your opponents and then review every move you made after the game ends.
It is not advised to limp right at the beginning of the game, but as the dynamics change so does your strategy. Limping is more sensible when someone playing before you has limped and it looks difficult like you’ll be able to go heads-up against anyone by making a large bet.
Limping is also a decent idea when the players after you tend to call easily and you aren’t holding a very strong hand.
In cases where you hand is good but players are aggressive, limping into the pot prevents them from 3-betting over you and forcing you to fold.
Let us know if this strategy helped you. Until then, keep slaying the limpers off the table!
Let your poker skills help you bring a significant change in the lives of many while winning big. Earlier this year, PokerBaazi invited you to #PlayForACause and raised funds to sponsor the education of 40 young girls during our flagship online tournament series- PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) in association with KHUSHII, an NGO that works towards empowering women.
This Independence Day, PokerBaazi along with its sister companies (BalleBaazi & RummyBaazi), have added an additional 10 girls making it a total of 50. So we all will be hosting various online events to raise funds with PokerBaazi alone hosting three different events.
As we celebrate the day of freedom, let’s use our knowledge of the game to do some good. Let’s raise the ante to help raise our girls.
Be a part of #KhushiyonKiBaazi. Following are the details of the online events that will help us raise funds:
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Scheduled to go live on 15th August at 8 PM, this tournament will feature a buy-in worth INR 1500. The fee collected from this tournament will be matched by PokerBaazi and will be donated towards the cause.
This tournament will roll out on 15th August at 9 PM. It’s a free entry tournament which means you can do your bit without spending anything.
Basically, play as much as you can and contribute the most. Register for our tournaments and be a part of this noble cause.
Khushii is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation working for the upliftment of underprivileged children, women and vulnerable families. Founded in 2003, the NGO has been working against poverty, social neglect and abandonment and has impacted over 5 lakh lives.
It feels great to work in association with an organisation that is working hard towards bettering the lives of many.
Stay tuned to our social media channels for the latest updates on the same. Let’s ante up to contribute the most!