Live Game Trick - Exposing Hole Card to give false information -
I play at a fairly week .25/.50 NL home game. There are a few players there (myself included) who know the math at poker, and have shown excellent results at the table in the form of proper mathmatical plays as well as good reads on the table, etc. One night the three of us proper math players end up in my room, and get a short-handed game going.
Everybody bought in for $40, and we kept the format at .25/.50, and the cards hit the air. It was obvious this was the real game. We were betting and raising and reraising eachother with crap (which you can't do at the actual game, calling stations), and after a while I wake up with AcAs. I raise preflop, get called by villain.
This particular villain is a good friend of mine, and an excellent player. He started a habit of showing one of his cards (particularly when he's weak, and sometimes to decieve an opponent), and I picked up on it, and will occaisonally do it against him. He called my raise, and we went two players to the flop. JdKd2c. Okay, I rate to be best here, unless he's spiked a set. I bet, he raises, I call.
Turn: Ad. I check, he bets. I figure him for a made flush. "Yep. There's my trouble card." I flip over one of my aces, showing a pair. I call.
River: Kc. I check, he bets. "I can't believe you got that king. . . I raise." He shoves all in. I flip over my other ace, and add his stack to mine.
One of my favorite things about live games is your ability to give little bits of information to your opponents, at your discretion. You can seem weaker than you are. And unless he figured me for AK, or AA, he was sure to win. So by exposing a portion of my hand, I made him think he was sure to have the best of it. He probably figured me for AJ or AQ, but I was quite happy to have him pay me off.
Do any other live game players use or know of any similar tricks?
Sometimes I'll expose my hand to get a read on a player when I'm sure they just sucked out on me. Normally an amatuer player will give an honest reaction when they see they just beat my AA by hitting their gutshot, and I can safely fold.
Just came to mind and I'd thought I'd see if anybody has similar experiences, comments.