One of the best moves in poker is the check-raise and the slow-play. There is no better feeling then raking in a huge pot, which you got from successfully trapping your opponent. This is many times due from slow-playing a hand. Both slow-playing and check-raising both lead to a lot of confusion for many players. They are both very different moves that cause the same kinds of results.

Just like anything else in poker, there are times that you should slow-play and or check-raise and times that you should not. The biggest mistake that any poker player could make is losing a hand due to slow-playing it, when they should not have. If you slow-play and do not bet your hand, then you are putting yourself at risk of getting a bad beat. When that happens, you have nobody to blame except for your self

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  • When to Slow-Play

    The only time that you should consider slow-playing a hand, is when you cannot lose with that hand. If you know that there is no way you could lose the hand, then you would consider slow-playing it so your opponents can trap themselves.

    Example:

    You have AA

    The board shows Ace Ace King off suit

    In this case, you have the nuts and it is impossible to lose. You are not risking anything by check-raising in this situation. This is an instance that doesn’t occur a lot, but when it does; that is the time you want to give your opponents the chance to catch as many cards as possible. When they do, they will still lose, and they won’t have a clue

    When not to Slow-Play

    If you have a good hand but it is vulnerable and has a lot of chances of losing to a better hand down the road, then you should not slow-play. In this situation you have got to protect your hand, and slow-playing it is not a good idea. You never want to give your opponents the chance to draw out on you when you are ahead. Always make them pay for their draws.

    When to Check-Raise

    Check-Raising is one of the biggest signs of strength that exists in poker. A check-raise tells the other player that you were just kidding when you checked and that you actually have a good hand. A check-raise is a good way of giving your opponent a chance to give up before they loose any more money. Depending on your playing style, a check raise could lead to a fold. If your opponents have a lot of respect for you, then they probably will let you have it. If you have a great hand, that you have been slow-playing the entire time, the river is the best time to check raise. Your opponent has been doing the betting for you all hand long, and then at the end you make him or her pay.

    What often happens is that your opponent will be so priced in and confused about what you have that they will have no choice but to call. This is a great way to maximize your profits and get as much money as possible from your monster hand. When you have the nuts, you want as much money to get put into the pot as possible without making your opponent fold. If you decide to check on the river, then you are risking the chance of making no more money if your opponent checks after you. The reason why you may want to take that chance is because they may try to make a big bet at the end there. If they do, then you re-raise them and they will have no choice but to call. Then because of your pati