Slow rolling is when a player takes an unusual amount of time to call their opponent’s last bet (usually an all-in). Not only this, but the slow roller knows that they have the best hand, and there’s no one else left to act after them.
Because of all of these factors, slow rolling is considered very poor poker etiquette.
Let’s look at an example of a slow roll with only two players left in the game. The community board reads 5, 6, 7, A, A, and one player goes all-in. The second player takes time, fiddles with the chips, or does nothing for a couple of minutes before calling the all-in.
At the showdown, the first player reveals their hand to show an 8, 9, making a straight. The other player, who previously stalled, turns over their cards to reveal pocket aces.
This is a prime example of a slow roll play as the player slow-rolling knew that their opponent had zero winning chances and still decided to take a long time before making the call.
If you want to know more about slow rolling and when it might be acceptable, check out our detailed article on the topic.