This is a discussion on Let them shoot themselves in the foot! within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; When I get a strong hand like 3 of a kind or better after the flop, I tend to avoid raising to allow others to
I think you're referring to slow playing. Especially if the flop is indicative of others in the hand hitting something playable, slow playing a monster is ideal if you're hoping to suck out the maximum value of money out of your opponents.
There are many cases when playing passively the opponent received a more powerful combination. And it may happen that you eventually lose your entire bank. Well, it’s everyone’s business as he considers it better to play this or that combination
But when you check/call that raises alarm in my head. Last days I have checked on the river behind such kind of a play with AA,KK and saw sets both times.
But sometimes they missed their straight/flush .
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Yeah, as others have said, it's slow playing and sometimes also called trapping.
I've always liked to slow play, but more and more I remove this tendency from my game. You are letting opponents draw (to flushes and straights that will beat you) to cheaply, and you are risking them not building the pot enough for you to get the money in.
The latter is big deal, because if you wait till the river to bet, and the pot is ~8BB instead of , say, 15BB, you are very limited on what you can bet on the river before they realise you've hit a monster and fold. If you have built the pot prior to the river, you can make a sizeable bet and they'll still have equity to call.
These days I slow play occasionally for balance and against opponents who are aggressive and like to barrel when the board is fairly dry (not too many obvious flush/straight draws).