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With Six You Get Slowroll

Submitted by on September 2, 2009 – 4:08 PM2 Comments

slowroll-350I’ve had slowrolls on the brain lately.  Mainly because, last week while playing at the Madison, I got slowrolled at a Red Hot tournament for the first time in a long time.  Usually when this happens it’s because the slowroller in question doesn’t know that what they are doing — waiting a longer-than-necessary amount of time to call/show a dominating hand — is a breach of poker etiquette of the highest regard.  Which was certainly what happened in this case.

The hand in question went something like this: blinds are 200/400, Shane St. John limps under the gun, the player we shall call “Johnny Slowroller” limps one off the button, the small blind feels obliged to complete, and I look down at pocket tens in the big blind.  With a stack of 3400, and 1600 already out there in the middle, I move all-in, more than happy to increase my stack by about 50% without showdown.  Shane folds, and JS stops to think for a while.  He hems, and haws, and then gives me a speech.  ”It’s free poker,” he begins, “So I’ll gamble!”  He calls.  The small blind folds.

I quickly turn over my hand, as it my obligation to do so first.  JS does not turn over his hand, however.  Instead, he stares at my tens, winces as if in pain, and then lets out a sigh.  Good, I’ve got him, I think.  He showboats some more, then slowly rolls over pocket jacks.  I’ll be damned.

I get up out of my seat as the flop comes down, take another step towards the door as the turn is dealt, and then immediately start chanting, “Slowroll Karma!” when a ten hits the river.  I double up, true, but I’m steamed.  JS, a relatively new player to Red Hot, probably won’t forget that lesson.

Slowrolling is not a victimless crime, is the moral of the story.

Anyway, a soon-to-be-infamous slowroll showed up earlier this week, and, since I was not the victim in the hand, it was much easier to take pleasure in somebody else’s pain.  Jack Ury, who I think has set the record for oldest WSOP Main Event participant the last four years running, executed a textbook slowroll on national television (fast forward to 6:33):

The hand was hilariously discussed in this thread on PocketFives (“hilarious” if you think young internet bucks mocking old men is funny… and why shouldn’t it be?).  Watching this hand also lead me to find, which pretty much proves that each and every one of us will have our own web domain name at some point in the future.

Some other legendary slowrolls, for your pleasure:

Men “The Master of Douchiness” Nguyen slowrolls for the chop:

Some Swedish guy Hollywoods with pocket aces:

Jennifer Harman gets punched in the gut by Corey Zeidman:

Remember, kids, slowrolling may sound like a fun party game, but you have to ask yourself this question: how would you feel if it happened to you?


  • Steve, nice blog post.

    I guess you just have to laugh in a situation like that. Especially knowing that your moment of “pain” might be your best chance at getting on ESPN. ;)


  • Enjoying sharing my pain on sites this week.

    If you want to read the pre-flop action (which inspired the little “lets get it all in” speech) its here:

    Steve F

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