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/Dec/2012

Don't Show.... it isn't worth it

By: baud2death @ 08:26 (EST) / 521 / Comment ( 3 )

Some people show their cards when they fold or when they win.. Especially if they get paid after a bluff.

 

I really have to wonder why... this isn't the WPT or WSOP

Showing a bluff here isn't going to put an opponent on Tilt or seriously adjust the way they play against you in your favor.

 

If you win and show the winning hand after your opponent folded - if they folded a better hand, sure that could have an effect but what if they folded a worse hand, they will feel good about their fold and from that might even judge something about you... perhaps when you have a good hand you bet a certain amount of chips or you check-raise, either way, it doesnt help you

 

If you bluff and show your hand after your opponent folded - Most players arent going to think "This player bluffs... i must shove at him with a weaker hand next time" but some players may think "This player bluffs... let me wait until I get a dominating hand and take all his chips"

 

Again, this doesn't help you

 

Then there is the "I am folding but I will show you my hand" trick. I don't get this at all. I think it is down to the player saying "I want your respect and want you to know that I was raising you with a strong hand and didn't want you to think I was bluffing"

However all this does is get your opponent a tell and if he bluffed you, he knows he can push you off a hand easier than he might have before. If he wasn't bluffing and you laid down a good but not the best hand he knows you are going to lay it down if you aren't ahead and if he raises you with a hand and you re-raise him, chances are you have the best hand and he can get away from it.

 

 

Overall there are probably other factors I didnt consider but typically revealing cards gives away information you don't need to. If you bluff, let your opponents guess so that they may challenge you when you have a big hand or perhaps they think you are super good because you force people to fold all the time and must have the best hand all the tiem.

If you don't bluff, letting your opponents think you are going in aggressive on nothing is good - they will challenge you with weaker cards thinking they are being table sherrif.

 

Lets say you are short and have to shove your hand 3 times to regain some chips.

First time you have rags in the SB, you are super short and just need to do it... you shove and get folds

Second time you have rags again... you are still short so decide that since your opponents are also shorter stacked that gives you good Fold Equity and decide its worth another stab - you shove, they fold.

Third time you have A5, you are just about 9BB now so a shove here is good, even folded to you in the Cutoff so you take a stab again and they fold.

 

Now lets assume you showed each time. First time you show people get to see that when you are short you will shove with any 2 cards.

Next time they still fold because no-one has a good hand to defend against your steal and when you show that you have rags again, they now know for sure this is your strategy.

Third time you shove but this time an opponent with K5h thinks he can beat your rag hands and calls you, he catches a King and knocks you out.

 

Although this is a scripted example and may not happen, it shows the scenario that showing your cards puts out there. You never want to be predicatable enough that your opponent knows what you will do.

 

If you are at an FT and have a good read on an opponent knowing that he will raise x2 with any ace but x3 with any pair. He raises x2 and the flop comes 5 3 7.. you have a pair of Tens and he is first to act and bets, you re-raise, he reshoves and you call. He had A7 and doesnt catch another card and you win.

This is an example of how knowing what an opponent will do gives you information that lets you beat them. Don't give up any information if you can avoid it, especially by showing cards.

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