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Is all information valuable?

By: baud2death @ 13:31 (EDT) / 435 / Comment ( 0 )

So when your opponent shows you he had AA when he raised, is that valuable?

Some people would argue it is, as it gives you an insight into how they play.

I however feel that it is never a good idea to show and furthermore it is not a good idea to take stock into what people show you.

If someone shows you a bluff, there could be a reason they did and regardless of what it is, taking that information in could be playing into their hands and really, this type of information (call it planted information) has very little value.

The value it does have is that opponents that show can sometimes be quite weak, its a fair assumption to make that a player who shows you their hands is likely not someone you have to fear as they likely aren't a good player. So in that, it is valuable that it gives you an insight to how fishy they are.


So what about about other information?

There is valuable information to be had out there, its worthwhile to take notes when you see it.

If someone triple barrels to the river with a stone-cold bluff-ski, chances are they didn't plan for that information to be shown to the table and its worth using that against them in the future if you can.


There are many other types of information (bet sizing, positions they play from with certain hands, steal and resteal ranges).

Overall, if you can ask yourself "If i were my opponent and gave away that information, would I be embarrased that I did?" - if the answer is yes, chances are that is good information and worth taking down.


Another one I notice a lot is people "hollywooding" (that is taking their time, table talking or even timing out and sitting back in quickly) when they make a bluff, usually a c-bet and have to fold to a raise.

These guys want you to think that their hand was good going in but they are giving you a lot of credit for a better hand. This again is planted information and whenever you see this, firstly remember they are showing weakness by doing it, next tend to believe the opposite since they are making a specific effort to put on a show, chances are its a facade.


So in conclusion, when someone is telling you something outright... ignore it. Don't just believe the opposite as they could be leveling you for that purpose, just ignore it. If they show you 5 bluffs in a row, ignore it because whatever their reason for showing, by changing how you play based on this info, you are more likely to play their game rather than yours.




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