Floppy Bottom Set Slow Play
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You call preflop with a pocket pair and flop the bottom set. Your opponent bets on the flop. What are you doing now? After you call a standard preflop raise from a UTG player, you hit the bottom set and receive a continuation bet from your opponent on the flop. When deciding how to extract the most value with strong hands. There are several factors to consider including number of opponents, board texture, position and stacks. Slow play is usually more profitable against fewer opponents (ideally only one) on dry flops and in position. All these factors are present in this hand.
We also want to consider the stack size as slow play is more profitable when standard bets lead to an all-in on the river. If the stacks are deeper, we will have to rise at some point. Note that our opponent is all-in due to the stack size of the UTG player when making standard bets on turn and river. We do not need to rise on the flop to get the opponent’s stack in the middle. Overall, this is a great opportunity for a slow play with our bottom set. We should just call the flop bet in position. A raise would yield less profit in the end.
The first thing I realized was that in a small stakes tournament like this one, it makes no sense to play a lot of hands from early position. The players here love to call raises and flops with weak hits and backdoor draws. Not many hands are good enough to c-bet the flop on pots with multiple players and continue firing on the turn and river. In a tournament like this one, I would have to play the same way to get folds at all. How would you feel if you had been in his position? Would you start to foam with anger? Would you run the risk of throwing more money at your opponents in the next hand?