Joined: May '08
Age: 29 (M)
i think showing the cards sometimes is very important, but at different situations
imagine you raise almost every time at the button at some late stage in a tournament, and the blinds always fold so you get their money. sometimes, when i have like A10, AJ or better and they fold i show my cards in order for them to be afraid and keep folding when i raise at the button
in other situations i show the nuts sometimes, i show my bluff in order to tilt somebody..
hmm i think poker is not only about information, but it has to do a lot with feelings =) most people @ the lower and midd levels or fishes call , raise and reraise more when they get angry , so i think showing them a bluff makes them angry and gets them doing silly calls and moves !! and thats why i think that its better showing the bluff then showing nothing !!! but everyone can play like he wants to =) gl and hf
Joined: Mar '09
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 49 (M)
Almost Never. Poker is indeed about information so giving free info cant always be a good thing. But in some cases, showing your cards (Especially when you play a hand well) can improve your table image.
Joined: May '09
Age: 37 (M)
there's a time for showing and not showing the cards, it's depend on the situation like showing the cards when i bluff just to make next round when i have a big hand there's a caller on my raise, if i have a made hand i usually not showing my cards to make my style become unpredictable
sotimes its good to show cards, but it have to build an image you want to have at accurate table. On micro stakes showing hands when bluffing its sometimes good to tilt yur opponents, but at higher limits we have to be more cautios about that.
i shot my cards only if im bluffing sometimes works and my oponets enter on tilt lol but in low limits i use the button dont show cards because when i play multitabling dont have much time to think what hand i will show
Joined: Jul '09
Age: 33 (M)
it depends. some times it can be usefull to show your cards. sometimes you want to show your opponents that you are betting good hands, so later you can do some bluffs! it really depends on the game you are making..
Joined: May '09
Age: 32 (M)
Posted by Dellbo99: I never use to show cards but there is a tutor called Todd Arnold who believes you should show cards in order to tell the table what to think of you.
This way you can establish an image quickly at a table and be more sure about how the other players see you at the table.
For instance in rebuy hour show plenty of bad cards, bluffs, and fishy bad plays, this way everyone will pay you off when you hit good hands and you can gamble up a big stack while you can still rebuy.
Conversely late in the torney when most people have 10-25BB and everyone has to do a bit of blind steeling in order to survive show your good hands " look I'm not stealing " and then you can get away with a bit of extra steeling with junk.
About 3 weeks ago I was running bad at the cash tables so I though I'd take a break and play some MTTs and adopt a policy of showing plenty of cards.
Over the last 3 weeks I have showed a ridiculously large number of cards and I have been killing the games doing way better than I've ever done before.
Sure I've been running fairly well too but I believe alot of my recent success has been due to showing cards. Now I know exactly what the table thinks of me. It makes others much easier to read and I can play my hands more optimally - losing less when I'm beat and winning more when I'm ahead. When I've needed a blind steal here and there I've usually got one through.
I can only encourage others to experiment with showing cards too. For something which most think off as a no-no in poker, showing selective cards seems to be a great tool that most people don't use.
Obviously mixing up your play is super important if you show alot of cards, but it seems to be something I'm quite good at. If you can do it too then showing a few cards and then playing off the image you've just set, can net you big chips.
Joined: Oct '08
Age: 30 (M)
When play online I never show it's always on automuck if lose or win with no showdown, the reason for that is because there is a lot of programs that pick up info on u and the more hands show the more they know how u play but I change my game up anyways. Live poker I sometimes will show 2-3 bluffs agaisnt tight players that way I get them to losen up and call me with hands they usually won't call me with (pays off). And I will show 2-3 monsters when playing against a very loose player that way he doesn't call me with hands he would usually (pays off as well). Showing hands to players gives u an advantage from time to time and a disadvantage from time to time it dipends how u use it.