Poker Technique With Jonathan Little: When Not To Slow Play

Poker Approach With Jonathan Tiny: When Not To Slow Play

Jonathan LittleA common mistake some players make is to slow play with hands that are powerful, but vulnerable to getting outdrawn.

In common, if your premium hand can somewhat effortlessly be outdrawn, you need to play it aggressively. You also want to apply aggression so you can get a lot of cash in the pot as a clear favored. Slow playing frequently benefits in you obtaining outdrawn and/or playing a modest pot, each of which are terrible outcomes.

The following hand from a $1-$three money game with a $300 powerful stack illustrates this point. An unknown player limped in (just known as the $three big blind) from the cutoff. The player on the button, we will refer to him as Hero, called with AHeart Suit 5Heart Suit as nicely. Each blinds elected to see a cheap flop.

While I am fine with Hero’s preflop limp, I would usually raise in this spot, specially if I thought the cutoff’s limp was a clear sign of weakness. From late position, virtually all players raise with their greatest hands, meaning that when they limp, they usually have marginal hands. While AHeart Suit 5Heart Suit is not too far ahead of the cutoff’s range, taking the initiative and applying aggression will allow Hero to steal the pot on flops where each players fail to boost.

The flop came fourClub Suit 3Spade Suit twoSpade Suit. The tiny blind checked and the big blind, yet another unknown player, bet $7 into the $12 pot. Only Hero named.

I do not like Hero’s get in touch with. There are numerous negative turns for him that will either give his opponent the ideal hand or make it difficult to get paid off. Even though Hero’s flopped straight is quite powerful, it is vulnerable to becoming outdrawn, producing a raise ideal.

Also, when playing with 100 large blind stacks in limped pots, it is mandatory that you raise with your ideal hands in order to build the pot such that you can reasonably get your entire stack (or most of your stack) in by the river. If the pot on the flop was larger (due to the fact there was a preflop raise or three-bet), calling would be acceptable.

Consider how the income will probably go in when Hero just calls the flop. On the turn, the massive blind could bet $18 into the $26 pot and on the river, he could be $32 into the $62 pot. That leaves a massive quantity of unused funds in Hero’s stack. If Hero raises the flop to $20 and the large blind calls, he can then bet $40 on the turn and $one hundred on the river, acquiring much much more income in the pot. Of course, raising could result in absolutely everyone folding and Hero winning a tiny pot, but that is the threat you have to take if you want to be capable to play huge pots with your greatest hands.

One additional benefit to your opponents folding to flop raises is that you can start off mixing in semi-bluffs with non-made hands like QSpade Suit 9Spade Suit and 7Heart Suit 5Heart Suit.

The turn was the 9Heart Suit. The massive blind bet $20 into the $26 pot and Hero called.

Although I hate the flop call, I merely dislike the turn contact since in modest-stakes games, turn raises are mainly made by players who have premium hands. As on the flop, Hero’s aim must be to play for all his money whilst also defending his hand against all the achievable draws. By just calling, he tends to make it practically impossible to get all-in on the river. Once more, notice that if Hero raises the turn to $55, he can then reasonably bet $110 on the river, which would be a fine result.

The river was the JHeart Suit. The massive blind checked, and Hero bet $45 into the $66 pot. The large blind called. Hero was overjoyed to win the $156 pot.

I like this river bet. There are numerous hands that can get in touch with a sizable worth bet, plus there are a ton of possible busted draws, creating a large bet the best choice.

Going back to my flop and turn complaints, by only calling on these streets, Hero missed out on an extra $60 or much more on the river. Even though numerous players are happy whenever they win a good pot, they should as an alternative ask themselves if there was a realistic way to win more. In this scenario, raising the flop would have probably led to an even bigger victory for Hero. ♠

Jonathan Small is a two-time WPT champion with more than $7 million in reside tournament earnings, greatest-promoting author of 15 educational poker books, and 2019 GPI Poker Personality of the Year. If you want to improve your poker skills and discover to crush the games, check out his training site at