Originally Posted by Afterlife000
What your brother says is exactly what i do. I show only good hands too make them think i only play good hands, then i bluff them later on. I think thats the best way.
I hear this argument all the time, but it doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever.
So you only show your good hands? Then what about the times when you don't show your hands? Am I supposed to believe that you had a strong hand again and just didn't feel like showing it this time?
Sorry, but this is just too easy to figure out. The problem with this kind of attempted psychological warfare is that donks are immune to it for the same reasons why they are immune to bluffs (they just won't get it), and good players can't be tricked so easily.
There hasn't been a single instance where a player showing their cards to me influenced me negatively. Quite the opposite actually. If they re-raise me preflop, I fold JJ and they show KK all they achieve is make me feel good about my decision.
Even if they show a bluff after I folded the best hand, all they achieve is giving me information on how they played this hand and on how I might exploit it later.