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Jonathan Little Turns the Nuts and Slow Plays, and Trouble Follows

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  • When you slow play, bad things occasionally happen, forcing you to alter your strategy accordingly.

  • @JonathanLittle shares a WSOP Main Event hand in which he slow played the nuts, but problems ensued.

This week we examine another hand I played during last year's World Series of Poker Main Event, this one coming late on Day 1.

The blinds were 200/400 with a 50 ante, and the hand begins with a tight-aggressive player raising to 1,000 from under the gun. Three players call before the action reaches me in the small blind where I have about 24,000 (well covered by others) and I've been dealt {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}.

I choose to call as well — I explain in the video some reasons why — and the BB calls as well.

The flop is a good one for me, coming {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} to give me both a flush draw and a gutshot to Broadway. I start out with a check, the entire table checks around, then the {4-Diamonds} falls on the turn.

Here I decide to check again, choosing to slow play my nut flush. One of the preflop callers bets 3,000, the others fold, I decide to call, and the big blind calls as well.

The {J-Diamonds} then comes on the river to pair the board — and to present me with a potentially tricky situation. I check, and the big blind (a tight-aggressive player) leads with a nearly pot-sized bet. The other player folds, and I'm put to a tough decision. Take a look:

When you slow play, bad things occasionally happen, and when they do you must use your hand-reading abilities to figure out your opponents' ranges and alter your strategy accordingly.

Would you have folded the ace-high flush in this situation? Let me know in a comment below.

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,200,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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