You may have heard this phrase at your local casino or your friend mentioning it. It’s an old poker move that is hated more than the dreaded check raise, but with good reason. A slow roll in poker is an incredibly unethical and distasteful move to employ. It is when a player has the best hand and takes an inordinate amount of time to call and show the winning hand. It is one of the most disliked moves in poker.
Why Would Anyone Slow Roll?
A player will typically slow roll his opponent with the intention to frustrate his opponent and possibly get them on tilt. But at what cost? You have lost that opponent’s respect and the other players at the table too.
A player may also just be a mean spirited individual and just do it for his own amusement. Whatever the reason, it’s very uncool and won’t win you any favours with your fellow poker players. Texas Hold’em Questions is opposed to slow rolls and something we ask our students not to do.
Casino Slow Rolls
A slow roll is quite easy to detect in live play at the casino. The way your opponent reveals the cards and their facial expression are usually a dead giveaway as to whether they are intentionally slow rolling you.
It’s important to note the player in the hand as you need to be careful not to misinterpret the behaviour of a beginner player or a forgetful elderly individual. They may just be slow or not realise the strength of their hand. A beginner may not know he has the nut flush and think he’s playing a one pair hand when he slowly calls on the river. If he has the nuts and isn’t re raising you, it’s a pretty clear indication he isn’t slow rolling intentionally as a good player will always try to get more chips in the pot if at all possible.
It is harder to detect a slow roll online. A delayed call could just mean a poor internet connection. The player might be answering the door or in a key hand on another table so don’t just to judgement. Be careful before you curse your opponent online.
On the other hand, if the player slow rolls and does a winky face in the chat, you know you’ve just been slow rolled. It might be worth taking a note of that player. Lets face it, the kind of player to slow roll is the same type of player to make irrational bluffs and show you after. There is strategic value to knowing who the slow rollers are.
Next time you play, make sure you don’t slow roll! You’ll find yourself with a big target on your back and lose a lot of respect too.
Check out the hand below where Sheik slow rolls Gus Hansen, uncool.
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If you’ve been around poker enough, you’ll know that there is table etiquette to abide by and honour amongst the seasoned professionals. Whilst gambling isn’t traditionally synonymous with ethical behaviour and pride, things have changed over the past few decades. A good reputation is very important in the poker world, it can take years to build and a day to lose which is why having good poker ethics is important.
The first thing you need to do is protect yourself playing online poker for real money by playing on the best websites and the best ran casinos for live play. You can find reviews online before playing so be sure to check them out so you are in excellent environments for playing poker.
Here are some tips and reasons to build and maintain a great poker image and reputation as an ethical poker player.
A slow roll is where a player takes an eternity to call a bet on the river. This is designed to taunt and annoy your opponent. Whilst it will work on players, you lose respect from your peers and will be disliked. It’s not a rule that you can’t do it, its just poor table etiquette and rude.
Players often trade percentages or stake each other into tournaments or cash games with an agreement on what will be exchanged. Any time you do a deal with another player, be sure to honour it and stick to your poker ethics. Word travels fast so you should 100% keep to the deals you make. Even if you later think it was a poor one, stick to what was agreed.
See their cards? Tell them.
We’ve all been there, you’re at the casino playing with beginners and the gentleman next to you picks up his cards poorly and doesn’t protect his hand so you can see his cards. Some players will tell you it’s ok to look, it’s his fault. But let’s face it, it’s cheating. You are gaining an unfair advantage on your table by seeing an opponent’s cards. Please tell them when you see. You’ll build an honest reputation and have a less guilty conscience too.
Donate to Charity
The icing on the cake for building a squeaky clean, amazing reputation in the poker world is donating a % of your winnings to charity. Notable players have done this in the past, with Barry Greenstein the most well-known. You will be loved by most and people don’t mind losing to you as much!
We hope you found this post interesting. Please behave ethically and respectfully in the future and please remember to gamble responsibly. If you have any ethical questions, why not use our free Texas Hold’em Question service?
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