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DELAYING ONE ROUND TO DRIVE OPPONENTS OUT

In structured games the size of the bet doubles on the third round of betting - for example, from $5 to $10 in a $5-$10 games and from $10 to $20 in a $10-$20 games. In these games you may want to wait until the bet doubles in size before putting in a raise - not as a slow play but as a better way of driving people out. If in $10-$20, for example, you raise a $10 bet to $20 on the second round, some players behind you may be willing to call, but if you wait until the next round to raise a $20 bet to $40, these players will not be so willing to pay the price. The greater likelihood of diving opponents out with a big raise on the third round of betting offsets the cheap $10 card you allowed them on the previous round.