Slow Rolling in Poker

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If you are familiar with poker, then you must have read that needling, trash talking, deception and slow playing are some of the key tactics that experienced players employ on a daily basis to win a game of poker. However, even in poker, there are some things like slow rolling that are completely off the cards. In this post, we have highlighted the meaning of the term slow roll and shared some key tips for avoiding slow roll in poker.

What does the term slow roll mean in poker?

When a player takes a long time to make a call or reveal his cards despite holding the best or the winning hand, he is said to be slow roll in poker. Vital to this, there are 3 key ways in which a player can slow roll his opponent:

1)      By taking a long time to turn over the cards despite holding a winning hand.

2)      By admitting defeat to his opponent or mis-declaring his hand at the showdown only to reveal the winning hand later.

3)      By intentionally pausing before calling an all-in bet during the river round despite holding the best possible hand.

Now, let us understand the concept of slow roll in poker better with the help of a short example:

Let’s assume you are playing a game of Texas Holdem wherein you have been dealt 5 of diamonds and Aces of diamonds for starting cards. The flop round comes and 3 cards – 8 of spades, 3 of clubs and Jack of diamonds are dealt face up. Thereafter the turn and river cards are dealt and both reveal a 7 of diamonds and King of diamonds respectively. As soon as the river card is dealt, you bet and your opponent calls. Herein, since your opponent just called your bet instead of raising, you can be rest assured he does not hold the best hand in the game. Now, at the showdown, instead of turning your hand right away, you may pause, hesitate a bit and thereafter wait for your opponent to show off his hand, effectively giving an impression that he is quite likely to win the pot. Here, by refusing to show your cards immediately, despite holding the best hand you are basically slow rolling your opponent.

Slow roll in poker, is the biggest sin any poker player can commit. Precisely because slow roll in poker is like deceiving your opponent into thinking that he is going to win the hand when in fact he is about to lose a huge amount of money. Such an act is strictly against the acceptable poker etiquette.

How to avoid slow roll in poker?

When it comes to poker, slow rolling is generally deemed as a highly unethical, horrible and unsportsmanlike behaviour on the part of the player who does it. Therefore, in this section, we are going to discuss how as an astute poker player you can avoid slow roll in poker both intentionally and unintentionally.

1)      Firstly, if you hold a hand of tremendous intensity or the best possible hand, then always call an all-in bet instantly.

2)      Either muck or show your hands immediately, if you are at the showdown and it's your turn to act.

3)      If you are a poker rookie, and still not well-versed with the poker hand rankings, then instead of taking too much time understanding which hand beats what, just flip over your cards at the showdown. Let the dealer at your live or online poker table decide which hand is the ultimate winner.

4)      If you are at a poker table, always make it a point to double check or triple check your hand before declaring the same at the showdown. This tip is especially important because it will prevent you from verbally mis-revealing your hand to your opponent.

Lastly, do not ever dare to slow roll your opponents at a high stakes game with a big pot. Precisely because, losing large sums of money is painful enough already, do not add fuel to the fire by slow rolling.

On a parting note, if you are looking to practise some key poker skills and strategies, then register on the GetMega Poker app and enjoy a diverse range of poker games and tournaments.

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