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Slowplay is one of the most favorite tricks of beginning players. This poker technique can bring you both a good profit, and a lot of problems with its incorrect usage. The essence of slowplaying is the passive drawing of a strong hand.
That is, you declare a check when you have the opportunity to bet, or simply call the opponent's bet instead of raising. Thus, you mask the real power of your hand and give the initiative to the opponent's hands, allowing him to drive himself into a trap.
The success of slowplaying depends heavily on a number of factors. It is important not only to know when to use slowplay, but also to understand when it cannot be used in any case.
Naturally, you must be sure that in most cases you are ahead of the opponent. So, for example, with one pair (even if it's top or overpair) you will not be stronger more often, so it's not a good idea to apply slowplay with A-8 on a flop of 3-3-8 or with J-J on a flop of 6-8-7.
Two pairs are much more suitable for slowplaying but even they can be easily beaten by a stronger combination.
In fact, we recommend using slowplay technique if your hand is not weaker than set. However, there can be dangerous situations even here. For example, if four opponents entered the pot with limps, and 3-8-6 fell on the table, then you cannot be sure of your invincibility with the Set. It is quite possible to assume that someone has a pocket pair of sixes or eights. Therefore, it is better to use slowplay if your Set is the highest possible.
With combinations like Straight and higher you can almost always be sure of your strength and, if other favorable conditions are observed, use slowplay.
The main mistake of weak players when using slowplaying is that they are easily defeated on the next streets. They forget that on the turn or river their strong hand can depreciate. Therefore, it is often better to give up slowplaying and protect the hand on dangerous boards.
Dangerous boards mean coordinated boards. Look at these flops: 8-10-J, 7-8-5, 2-Q-7. On such boards, your opponents can have a lot of draws, and you cannot afford them to see the next card cheaply or even free. Here you should fiercely defend your Two Pairs, Set and even non-nut Straight and Flush.
Only having such a hand as a Full House, you can forget about the board structure. On the contrary, it is often in your best interest to allow an opponent to collect a Straight or Flush.
Using slowplay poker technique is not recommended if you see the flop simultaneously with several players. Firstly, there is a greater likelihood that you can lose on the next streets. Especially it concerns such combinations as Two Pairs or Set.
Secondly, in a multiport, slowplaying is not the most profitable solution. For certain, in such a crowd there will be someone who will pay for your strong hand. In this case, it is better to choose an aggressive line and immediately start inflating the pot. Slowplay is best used against one player.
Obviously, it's best to use slowplay against loose aggressive opponents. They will often fall into the flop and actively play their Pairs. It is always advantageous to choose the opposite strategies for success in poker. This means using slowplay against LAGs is a reasonable and often profitable solution.
Slowplay does not always bring rich results against tight opponents. Everything will depend on their board structure. Such players play a rather narrow spectrum, consisting mainly of high pairs, Ax hands, and Broadway. They will be less likely to fall into the flop and may refuse to bet if they do not catch at least the higher Pair with a higher kicker. They will not bluff often, usually it will be one unfortunate cbet. However, if one or two high cards come on the flop, you may try to implement slowplaying.
Passive opponents are absolutely not suitable. They are not inclined to aggressive actions, and therefore slowplaying is meaningless here.
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