re: Poker & Limit Hold em: Slowplay?
Originally Posted by Styrofoam
the only time I EVER slow play is with the absolute nuts (say a rainbow flop of AKQ and i hold 10/j) or something similar
I know you continued to say that even then you rarely slowplay, but I want to point out that in this specific example, you should NEVER slowplay. If the pot is multiway, SOMEONE very likely has at least a high pair, maybe even two pair, maybe even a set! And lots of people are willing to chase gutshot straights. Bet, raise and re-raise - they will call.
Here are flops I'd consider slowplaying if it's heads-up or three-way:
AAK - and I'm holding AK.
AAA - and I'm holding AK.
Flops I'd never once in a million years slowplay:
AK9 - and I'm holding AA
AK9 - and I'm holding AK
K92 - and I'm holding 99 (why slowplay? People love to call, and you'll get action from a king)
You get the idea. Pay very close attention to the board when you think you should slowplay - if there's a draw out there that can beat you, strongly consider betting. If the pot is multiway (4 or more), consider betting. If the pot is big, don't even consider it - just bet.
If there's absolutely nothing your opponent can hold that makes it even remotely interesting for him to call a bet on the flop, then maybe you check.