Originally Posted by NANUNANU
When I first started playing I loved to slow play.Now since I am much more EXPERIENCED I dont slow play. Someone who slow plays 90% of the time gets bad beats 50% of the time...youll lose in the long run. Say you have aces in early position and you limp in(DUMB) and say about 5 or six people limp in as well your probably beat allready and your aces are smoked. Thats when players wonder how their aces were beat.....ITS BECAUSE YOU SLOW PLAYED IT!!!!!! Slow playin is a heads up move or maybee 3 handed THATS IT!! If your slow playin 10 handed.. lol ...you dont win for sure!!
Don't pull numbers out of the air and use them as fact. Yes, slow playing AA preflop is a bad idea, and letting 6 people in withyour aces is also a bad idea, but you're not beat right off the bat. Someone still has to make 2 pair or better to beat you, and that doesn't happen every flop. In fact, the flop will generally miss a couple a few of them, or they may hit middle or bottom pair and fold to any strength..especially if the flop is K 10 2. Or something similiar. Chances are even with a decent raise you're not going to push out hands like KQ, KJ, QJ, or maybe even K 10 even with a raise, and these are the hands that will almost certainly be the ones that will hurt you in the hand (with a flop like that). Furthermore, you're not raising simply to knock people out of the hand, you're raising to maximize your profits.
But slowplaying certain hands is not only a good play, its the ONLY play. For example if you have 44 in the big blind and you get in for a min raise and the flop gives you quads, the ONLY course of action is to CHECK here. Chances are, the flop COMPLETELY missed your opponents and they HAVE to catch up. If they have AK, you want them to hit one of them so they will stack off. Otherwise they have a pair of 4s with AK kickers, and thats not good enough to stick around with.
Slow playing, like anything else in poker, is 100% situational. While its not a good idea to slow play every hand, its not a good idea to play every good hand you make super fast, either.