This is a term I had never heard until I joined Replay! I think it means slow playing a strong hand, and checking in the hope that one of your opponents bets? The risk is that if nobody bets then you end up with short value, but I think that is more than outweighed by the value you get if someone bets and then you check-raise, making it look like a desperate bluff!?
In this hand I flopped bottom pair in the small blind, improved to two pair on the turn, and made a full house on the river. Whilst I didn’t have the nuts, I figured in all probability I had the best hand. Checking the river was probably quite risky, but it certainly paid off in this instance!
This type of playing has earned me more chips on this site than any other style of play: I’d much sooner risk not making chips than risk losing chips, which is why I hardly ever bluff these days.
My theory is that the reason this works so well is down to psychology: Most players are far more willing to call a raise if they have instigated the betting than they are to call a bet. Also, by under-representing one’s hand, one can take down pots with a far greater range of hands it seems.
I’d be interested to hear other players’ thoughts on this…?